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 the Alliance and fully prepared as an early careers teacher.”

Sarah Lees Huntingdon Academy

L.E.A.D. Equate works with Nottingham University 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.

Why L.E.A.D. Equate?

Our Alliance is committed to the continued professional development of its staff. Within a caring and stimulating atmosphere we want our trainees to become outstanding teachers and the future leaders of our learning community.

The Primary programme offers:

• Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with PGCE awarded in partnership with the University of Nottingham
• Up to 60 Master’s credits (towards a 180 credit MA Education degree)
• School-based training by experienced professionals
• Weekly training programme (1 day per week) delivered at the university
• Four days training in the host school with an allocated school-based mentor
• Second school experience during the training year



The Application Process in Nottingham

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


Entry Requirements

  • Entry Requirements – Primary
  • A UK degree or equivalent qualification
  • GCSE English Language, at grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics, at grade C or above
  • GCSE Science, at grade C or above
  • Two references (one from an employer)
  • Current UK school based experience (preferable)

Why a SCITT?

With our school-based training, you will typically spend Monday to Thursday in school, learning on the job first-hand from day one, supported each step of the way by a personal in-school mentor. Fridays will be spent with other trainees on training days or attending sessions with your tutor at the University of  Nottingham. Training sessions are lead by experienced practitioners and experts in the field and are based within our partner schools. This gives you both a great opportunity for networking and deciding what type of school you think you would like to teach in when you become qualified at the end of the academic year. By the end of the year, you will be fully ready to move into the classroom as a fully qualified teacher having gained both a PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) and QTS (qualified teacher status).

At L.E.A.D Equate we supplement the training provided by Nottingham University with further training from specialists within L.E.A.D. Academy Trust. Please see the full range of Training available for 2020/21.


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