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The National School of Education and Teaching

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Welcome to the National School of Education and Teaching (NSET).

NSET is a leading global provider of initial teacher training and postgraduate degrees in education and educational leadership.  We are accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) in England to recommend the award of Qualified Teacher Status. 

About us

Our aim is to positively impact on school improvement by developing and delivering a breadth of postgraduate degrees, training and professional development, which are relevant and of practical value to aspiring and current teachers and school leaders.

We believe that trust in the teaching sector, and its profile, are influenced by the quality of teachers’ initial and continued training. A respected and highly regarded education sector is underpinned by training which is applicable to teaching today. That training is continuous, grounded in pertinent research, resourced sensibly and led by professionals who are experts in their field. Our aim is to set the standard within teacher training, in the UK and globally, and in doing so raise the profile of teaching and education around the world. 

Educational Leadership

There are a number of ways of operating successfully as a leader, but the crucial element is to understand one's own strengths and weaknesses and act appropriately. Many key leadership skills, however, can be taught – and we are very good at teaching them.

Our Master’s degree in Educational Leadership has been written and is led by successful head teachers and senior education leaders, who have combined their experience in leading schools and the sector with extensive research in  leadership theory. The result is a taught course which will expose you to real leadership expertise, and supports you to realise your potential.

Initial Teacher Training in England

Our PGCE with QTS course is:

Distinct and available nationwide: all but a week of the course is spent in schools, allowing students to study and train in a location suitable for them. 

Flexible: students can be full-time on placement or employed/salaried in schools.  The course is also available part time and has multiple start-dates throughout the year.

Appealing for schools: a school’s apprenticeship levy can fund course fees for the employed/salaried route. We can also help schools recruit for their teaching vacancies.

Read more about our principles for Initial Teacher Training.


Know the perfect school for your teaching placement? We can help you start your career in the right place for you, anywhere in England, and support you to choose your teacher training route. Learn more about choosing where to study your PGCE.

Schools, SCITTs, SD Partnerships and Teaching School Alliances

If your school is interested in offering placements to students studying a PGCE course with us, please get in touch

We are also keen to hear from SCITTs, School Direct Partnerships and Teaching School Alliances, as we have designed a flexible PGCE for validation which caters for your needs.

For prospective students and school partners, more details on all of our courses and training are available below. If you would like any additional information, or have any questions, please get in touch with us and we will happily help.

Visitor Assessor Roles

We are interested to hear from potential candidates to fulfil the Visiting Assessor roles for our expanding Initial Teacher Training courses.These roles are not permanent, and as such hours of commitment will vary, which will suit many of you with the relevant experience within this exciting area of work.

We would very much like you to forward your CV as no more than two sides of A4. Please mark it for Carol Rowntree, Teacher Training Manager, and send it directly to: teaching.nset@coventry.ac.uk

Our courses

Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status
Teach in state-maintained or independent schools in England.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Teach in international schools or independent schools.
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Use your school’s apprenticeship levy to pay for training.
Assessment-Only Route To QTS Fast-track to professional accreditation for experienced teachers.
MA in Educational Leadership Online Master's course for current or aspiring senior leaders.

Spotlight on:

Teacher training

Find out more about the training offered at the National School of Education and Teaching.

We offer innovative postgraduate degrees and highly effective ongoing training in teaching and school leadership.

Coventry has been ranked top 15 in the UK for 5 years running – The Guardian University Guide 2016-2020

Enquiry form

For more information, please complete our online enquiry form to contact the National School of Education and Teaching team.

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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
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