School of Education

LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance

UCAS Training Provider Code: 1DK

The LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance is a dynamic partnership of schools committed to harnessing, nurturing and sharing the specific skills and attributes required to teach and lead in areas with diverse pupil populations. They share unique opportunities to make a profound difference to the lives of children regardless of background or barriers, where every child can feel encouraged to aspire, empowered to achieve and motivated to progress. 

The cohort of trainees will come together once a half term for an Alliance professional development event. These events are themed on the skills and attributes required to work and be successful, as a teacher in an urban setting. 

The Alliance aims to harness the outstanding practice they have, so that partner schools are learning communities where trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring. They ensure that all trainee teachers observe outstanding teaching, working alongside the best teachers in an apprenticeship role and work closely with The University of Nottingham to design and develop an innovative Initial Teacher Training program linked with their specialism of teaching in urban settings. 

Please see the LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance website for more information about the alliance.

Post-University interview

If you are successful at the University interview, your application will then be forwarded to the LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance for consideration. The Alliance will then review your application, with successful candidates being invited to an interview. This will involve a variety of tasks, some of which will involve interaction with children. These will be followed by an interview at the Alliance. 

The Teaching School Alliance will inform interviewees of their decision as soon as possible after their interview.

Placement schools

Once a place has been offered, the Alliance will carefully match each trainee to a placement within one of the schools in the partnership. There are 17 schools in the Alliance which are mainly situated within the city of Nottingham. More information about these schools can be found on the LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance website.

After the course

Whilst there is no guarantee of employment after the School Direct course we do hope to train teachers who will go on to work in the Alliance schools. 


Our employment rates are consistently high, last year 100% of our Primary PGCE School Direct trainees secured employment as a teacher in a school.

How to apply

When you apply in UCAS-TT you will need to search for and apply to 'the LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance (Training Provider Code: 1DK)'. The University of Nottingham will be listed as an accredited provider. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you are having problems finding the relevant course on UCAS.

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