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.

The video below gives you an insight into the school direct route into teaching.


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

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or pop along to a recruitment event we are hosting or attending for an informal chat.  More information is available by clicking HERE

Train to teach with one of our alliance schools in 2016

On 27th October UCAS opens for applications for Initial Teacher Training commencing August 2016.  

Primary Places Available

14 places with main placements in Early Years Foundation Stage; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Secondary Places Available

Base School

Subjects (1 place at each school)

Trinity School


Ellis Guilford

MFL (Spanish preferred)

The Fernwood School



Come along to an information session we are attending to find out more or contact Yolanda Morley-McKay TSA Manger (Initial Teacher Training) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.