Initial Teacher Training

We work closely with the University of Nottingham to design and develop an innovative Initial Teacher Training programme linked with our specialism of teaching in urban settings.  All trainee teachers within our alliance meet half termly to engage with our ‘Urban Curriculum’, delivered by outstanding practitioners from our schools.  This is an opportunity for you to consider your development as a teacher within the urban context you’re training in; past trainees have found these sessions invaluable. 

As a trainee teacher in our alliance you’ll 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.  

We offer teacher training via the school direct route for both primary and many secondary subjects.  You will need to apply to train with us in the autumn term when UCAS opens for applications.

There’s also lots of information about the school direct route on the UCAS website.

UCAS Application
UCAS opens for 2018/2019 applications on Thursday 26th October 2017. To apply to the programme you will need to complete the online application via UCAS and identify L.E.A.D. TSA as your preferred training provider.

If you are successful after the University of Nottingham first stage process, you will be invited to attend a school based interview at one of our partner schools.

Early Application
Last year the recruitment window closed nationally early in February. We are therefore urging all potential trainees to submit their applications early. If you would like any further information please call Matt Lawrence on 0115 8225440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.