North Charnwood Learning Partnership

The North Charnwood Learning Partnership (NCLP) of secondary schools is a well-established partnership of schools with a strong track record of training and developing excellent teachers across Key Stages 3-5. We are located in the Loughborough and wider North Charnwood locality, a compact geographical area well-served by public transport.

The lead school in the partnership is Limehurst Academy, well-known for excellent teaching and learning. This commitment to excellence is shared throughout the partnership. The schools in the partnership are:

  • Limehurst Academy (lead school)
  • Castle Donington College
  • Charnwood College
  • Maplewell Hall School
  • Hind Leys College
  • Humphrey Perkins
  • Rawlins Academy
  • Shepshed High School
  • Woodbrook Vale

The variety of schools within the partnership ensures that student teachers receive a wide range of school experiences on their placements, developing the broadest range of teaching skills, including across the 11-18 age range, experience in schools in urban and rural settings and experience of ethnically-diverse placements. Close links between the partnership schools ensures consistency in training at our schools, coordinated by Limehurst Academy and quality-assured by the University of Leicester's School of Education.

A core strength of the training we provide comes from the quality of the in-school mentoring and tutoring for student teachers from good and outstanding teaching practitioners. Included within students' teaching placements is an excellent professional development programme, which involves sessions run by outstanding teachers in a number of teaching areas, covering topics such as:

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Gifted and talented students
  • Boys' achievement
  • Literacy
  • Pastoral matters
  • Behaviour management
  • Interview techniques (to support students when applying for posts)

A quality working partnership with the University of Leicester

A key element of the quality of our training is our partnership with the University of Leicester's School of Education. Students will receive input from the University throughout their training, especially in the first weeks and between the two teaching placements. The final certificate for the course will be awarded by the University of Leicester.

The University offers high-quality training by giving sustained attention to developing the confidence of trainees. This allows them to become reflective classroom practitioners who are both knowledgeable subject specialists and all-round professionals. Our Secondary PGCE programme is practical in emphasis, offering the opportunity to develop essential skills through classroom experience, and to interpret and reflect upon them through reading, active taught sessions and discussion.

The course provides you with the opportunity to attain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE, plus 60 Masters-level credits which can become part of a full Masters degree as your career progresses.

Career opportunities

Trainee teachers from NCLP schools have an excellent track record of gaining employment, and the training and support we provide will ensure that our trainees have the best possible opportunities for securing their first teaching post. Many of our former trainees now hold leadership posts in schools and work as subject leaders, senior managers and headteachers.

Courses offered


We have a number of schools located in and around Leicester.


Noorjahan Chowdhury

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