Start Your Teaching Journey with Us and Reach Your Potential

A great teacher changes the world every day. Especially for children who have had a tough start in life, your career as a teacher can make a genuine difference. Take the first step on your teaching journey with ATTI’s Initial Teacher Training, delivered in partnership with the Ambition Institute.

Apply Now to Start Your Teaching Journey Today!

Register your details with Ambition Institute to apply for Initial Teacher Training today.

Application Deadline for 2023-24: Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Why Choose to Train with Us?


Build Relationships

Ambition’s Teacher Training programme prioritises your relationship with the pupils you teach and allows you to do most of your training in a single academy. This approach also gives you the opportunity to build relationships with teachers, staff and the wider community. By the end of your training, you will have the confidence to teach in a classroom on your own.


Expert Guidance

Benefit from the joint expertise of Ambition and ATT. With 21 cross-phase academies and a team of 1720 collegues, you’ll recieve support from our extensive network of education professionals. At the same time, you’ll have the backing of the Ambition Institute’s enormous experience, becoming one of more than 54,000 teachers who have trained with them.


Supportive Mentoring

You will be paired with an experienced teacher who will make sure you are supported through your training.


Blended Learning

You will get the high-quality academic training you’d expect from a university combined with immersive classroom learning.


Evidence-Based Training

A high-quality curriculum, backed by the latest research and evidence, will help you focus on developing your expertise in your chosen subject (secondary) or phase (primary).


Balanced Workload

Our Teacher Training is designed to build your confidence in the classroom and respect your need for a life away from work.

How is in-school training different to training at a university?

Unlike university-based teacher training programmes, where you have a number of different  placements, our programme allows you to do most of your training in one school. The big benefit of  this is that you can put your academic learning into practice in a classroom environment where you  feel familiar and comfortable.

You’ll learn through a combination of self-guided learning, face-to-face and online sessions with other  trainees. In-school activities will include classroom teaching practice, peer support and one-to-one  guidance from your mentor. The practical teaching experience you gain will mean you finish the  training confident to teach in a classroom.

You will also have a dedicated mentor – an experienced teacher – throughout your training who works alongside you in your school to offer guidance and support.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

To be eligible, you will need:

  • An undergraduate degree, 2:2 or above, or equivalent. Some schools may consider your application if you have a 3rd class degree
  • A GSCE grade 4/C or above in English and maths, or equivalent
  • Primary school trainees will need a GSCE grade 4/C or above in science, or equivalent.

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria but would still like to train as a teacher, please get in touch and we can discuss how we may be able to support you.

How does Teacher Training link to the Early Career Teachers programme?

Our Teacher Training programme will link closely with our Early Career Teacher (ECT) programme, also delivered in partnership with the Ambition Institute.

ECT is the mandatory two-year induction  course that you need to do after your initial teacher training. Repetition is minimised when you do all your teacher training with the same provider. When you study your ECT programme, you will go deeper into key topics using the same concepts and terminology that you learned in your initial teacher training.

How long is the programme?

This is a one-year full-time postgraduate programme. It will start in September 2024.

Can I do the training part-time?

A part-time option is not available with ATTI Institute, but may be available in other places.

Where can I do the training?

Our Trust has a wide spread across the Midlands and East of England. We have academies in:

  • Essex
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands

You can get in touch with us to find out more about training locations, and browse our academies to see where we operate.

If you’re looking to train elsewhere, Ambition Institute has the largest network of partners providing training to teachers in England- get in touch with them to find out more.

Will I learn to teach primary or secondary pupils?

It’s up to you! You can choose to teach in a primary or secondary school. If you’re hoping to teach in a  secondary school, the pupils will be aged between 11 and 16. If you’re teaching in a primary school,  the pupils will be aged between 4 and 11. In a secondary school, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred subject.

Can I choose the subject I want to train in and are there any availability limits?

Yes, you can choose the subject you want to teach in a secondary school. At a primary school, you will  need to be able to teach a wider range of subjects. Some core secondary subjects are more popular  than others, so it’s best to express your interest early. Then, from Autumn 2023, we will confirm the  availability for your chosen subject.

Will I train with other people on the programme?

Yes, you will be training with other people on our programme. From the very beginning of the  programme, you will become part of a regional network working with others either in your school or  in your local network, and you will become part of a national cohort of people training with Ambition.  You will have regular opportunities to come together with other trainees to learn, share your  experiences and work collaboratively.

Is all the training in one school?

Most of your training will be in one school. You will also complete:

  • A 2-3 week placement in another school during the final term
  • 5- 10 days in an alternative environment to your main school. For example, with a secondary,  primary, or special educational needs and disability (SEND) school.

What qualifications will I gain at the end of the programme?

You’ll achieve qualified teacher status (QTS), a nationally recognised teaching qualification. When you’ve successfully completed the programme, you will also receive a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). This is an internationally recognised qualification, opening up opportunities for you to teach abroad. The PGCE is worth 60 credits towards a master’s degree if you want to go on to further study.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the programme?

Placement schools often go on to hire their teacher trainees. You will have built up relationships with  your school’s network so should have a few opportunities in your area. There’s a lot of demand for teachers in England so you should soon be able to secure your first teaching job soon after your training.

Are the qualifications recognised worldwide?

QTS is a nationally recognised teaching qualification. The PGCE qualification is internationally  recognised and allows you to work in many different countries. But do check the country or countries you’re interested in working in to check that they recognise the qualification as the preferences differ.

What funding is available for the programme?

You can apply for government funding to cover the costs of your £9,250 tuition fees and a maintenance loan. You may be eligible to get support for tuition fees or maintenance loans to help you with your living costs.

Alternatively, see the current info on tax-free bursaries or scholarships you won’t have to pay back.

The DfE has not published its funding options for September 2024 yet, but they should be similar to this year’s funding options.

Do I need to have the right to work in the UK?

By the start of the training, successful candidates must have permission to work in the UK full-time for the duration of the programme. Unfortunately, Ambition Institute cannot sponsor your visa.