Schools Partnership Gateway

The Partnership

At Nottingham, our Initial Teaching Education partnership is based on a shared responsibility for the training of beginning teachers and their introduction to professional work in schools.

The university, schools and beginning teachers all have clearly defined roles which depend upon mutual trust, openness and teamwork.

We collaborate on:

  • planning, developing and teaching the training course
  • selecting, supporting and assessing beginning teachers
  • monitoring and evaluating the training course

We all benefit from the opportunity to review our own practice and ways of working. This leads to improved performance and enhanced professional development.

Initital training is the first stage in the development of a good teacher and, together with our partner schools, we are committed to ensuring that teachers review, adapt and improve their professional practice throughout their careers.

Leaders’ engagement with partnerships is a strength; one that is highly valued by partner schools. Leaders make adaptations to the course as a result of feedback. Leaders draw on expertise from schools, including, for example, in delivering the ‘Prevent’ session for trainees. Leaders offer professional development to schools locally. One mentor is excitedly looking forward to a forthcoming session about primary history.

Ofsted, 2022

The University of Nottingham partnership agreement outlines the responsibilities and roles of both the University and the school. For further details or to request a copy of the partnership agreement please contact us.

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Benefits for schools

Opportunities available to partnership schools

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Benefits for staff

Opportunities available to mentors and co-ordinators



School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

+44 (0)115 951 4543