Train to be a Teacher with us in Nottingham

“Training to be a teacher through L.E.A.D. Equate was the best decision I ever made because from day one I was truly valued as part of the staff team. I felt entirely supported by my school based mentor, the University and L.E.A.D. Equate and fully prepared as an early careers teacher.”  Sarah Lees Huntingdon Academy

L.E.A.D. Equate works with the University of Nottingham to provide a dynamic and supportive environment in which to learn to teach. We offer a high quality school based training programme tailored to your needs. Trainees benefit from working closely alongside experienced and committed staff who are eager to share their skills, experience and practice with the next generation of teachers. Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses are designed to enable you to become an accomplished, passionate and inspirational teacher, who can make a real difference to the lives of children. Both our primary and secondary programmes will not only equip you with the skills you need to become an effective educator, but will also enable you to develop your own theories of learning and models of good practice.


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Why L.E.A.D. Equate?

Everything we do in our schools is about giving children a high quality education. We celebrate the fact that all children are unique and we have high aspirations for all their futures. At  L.E.A.D. Equate we are committed to high quality training that impacts on the learning experiences of every child’s education.

We work closely with the University of Nottingham to design and develop an innovative Initial Teacher Training programme linked with our specialism of high quality teaching in a variety of educational settings. All trainee teachers within our alliance meet half termly to engage with our enhanced and enriched curriculum. This is delivered by outstanding practitioners from our schools. This is an opportunity for you to consider your development as a teacher and reflect upon practice within different settings. Past trainees have found these sessions invaluable and a majority of trainees have gone on to secure successful teaching positions within one of our 25 Trust based schools.

As a trainee teacher with L.E.A.D. Equate, you will learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring. All trainee teachers observe outstanding teaching and get to work alongside the best teachers in an apprenticeship role.

The Primary programme offers:

  • University induction in late August, before beginning first school placement in your Trust school
  • University-based days spread across the year where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing practice
  • Second school placement in the spring term

The Application Process in Nottingham

Apply through UCAS Teacher Training using the ‘Apply’ system, found on their website at
• Input LEAD Equate TSA – Alliance/Provider/Train code 1DK
• Input course code 26KS (primary) OR 3F35 (primary with mathematics*)

Please click the image below to open a PDF version of ITT for 2021/22


All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification.

In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.


Personal qualities

  • A passion for and dedication to teaching and the importance of education
  • The ability to develop positive relationships with students
  • A patient, caring, and kind disposition
  • Ability to develop a knowledge of all learners
  • Ability to engaging all pupils in learning
  • Resilience and optimism

Other requirements

All trainee teachers who enter the training programme will be expected to demonstrate that they are competent in Fundamental English and mathematics.

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

You will be subject to safeguarding checks which includes an enhanced DBS check.

Extra requirement for Mathematics Specialist Route

A level Mathematics at Grade C or above.

How school placements work

Placements will be based in one of our L.E.A.D. Academy Trust schools. When you visit a L.E.A.D. school you will notice these core characteristics:

  • the highest standards of behaviour and conduct;
  • outstanding teaching and learning;
  • a fully inclusive approach where all children are equally important;
  • a climate of mutual respect between the children, staff and community;
  • positive relationships;
  • high aspirations for all involved with the school – a ‘can do’ attitude;
  • a wide range of enrichment opportunities for all to get involved;
  • a celebration of all the cultures and faiths represented in the school;
  • an organisation where there are no excuses for underachievement.

To find out more about L.E.A.D. schools please visit our website

To learn more about what L.E.A.D. Equate can offer whilst you are training, please visit our ITT overview pages

At L.E.A.D Equate we supplement the training provided by The University of Nottingham with further training from specialists within L.E.A.D. Academy Trust. Please see the full range of Training available for 2022/23. Our training programme is reviewed regularly following feedback from trainees and current changes and developments in education.


This programme is a requirement for any L.E.A.D. Equate trainees who are on PGCE with The University of Nottingham. It is an expectation that schools release their trainee and their mentor to attend the required sessions. Mentors are expected to attend the twilight mentor training at The University of Nottingham.

Interested in applying to become a teacher?

For more information, please contact us through the contact form or by emailing Brittany Wright, ITT Leader

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