Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

ITT/School Direct



We are following all guidelines from the Government during this difficult time. You can still apply to train to teach with us as normal through UCAS, our interviews will be carried out online.

For any questions about our process please e-mail Sue at YorkshireInclusiveTSA@eastsilc.org



What is Yorkshire Inclusive TSA looking for?
We are training the next generation of outstanding teachers for the Leeds area. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education and we want to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment. Our current cohort of student teachers are training to teach in primary and secondary in both mainstream and special school settings.

We provide training and placements of the highest quality to deliver a truly bespoke training package. We are committed to helping you develop professionally, well beyond your initial teacher training and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year by means of an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities – As an Appropriate Body for NQTs we offer our trainees a coherent two year programme of support. 

What qualifications do I need before I start the course?
You will have -
  • GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.   If you are applying for our Primary programme, GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Science as well.
  • A degree from a UK or European Union Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification, preferably a First Class Honours Degree or a 2.1.  A 2.2 would be considered for applicants with additional experience, expertise or extenuating circumstances.
  • Experience of working with children or young people in the recent past; this may include experience leading the local Brownie pack, working as a Teaching Assistant or being employed as an unqualified teacher.
You will be able to demonstrate -
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise and have a sound understanding of equality and diversity.
  • A real sense of moral purpose and a tireless energy to achieve the best for your pupils.
  • Commitment, resilience and the ability to reflect in order to learn from your own experiences as well as the experiences of others.

Professional Skills Tests

A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020.

Under this new approach Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers are expected to make an assessment of English and mathematics knowledge of a trainee before Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Teacher Status is awarded. ITT providers must, as an accreditation requirement, assure that trainees have these skills either during the selection process, or later during the training programme.


What does the selection process involve?
Our selection process starts with a standard application form accessed through UCAS at www.ucas.com
Through this you will demonstrate that you meet the necessary academic requirements laid down by the Department for Education. We would also expect to see some evidence of why you have decided to pursue a career in teaching. Please consider carefully your choice of referees.
How will I apply for the course?
The 2020 UCAS Teacher Training application cycle will open on Tuesday 8 October 2019, with DfE Find going live one week before, on Tuesday 1 October 2019.
Make sure you have informed your referees that you will be applying so that they don’t delay the process.  Search for courses at https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses.  We are provider no 1ER.
How can I organise additional school experience?
School experience is a vital part of your application and the majority of training providers require you to have it. Getting some classroom experience can also help you to decide whether teaching is right for you. It will strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews.
This can be arranged through https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/school-experience
What is Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)?  How does it work?
You may have to complete additional subject training, to help build up or refresh your existing knowledge. The length of SKE depends on your need from 8 weeks “refresher” programmes through to more extensive 28 week courses. We will discuss this with you at the interview stage.
What documents will I need to bring to the interview?
On the day of the interview please bring with you your passport or driving licence, GCSE certificates, Degree certificate.  If applying for an Art place please bring a portfolio of your work with you.
The interview
The interview will be in two parts within schools in the partnership
·         The pupil task and school visit
·         The written task and formal interview
If you would like help with your interview, go to
We will be holding interviews on a fortnightly basis until we have recruited all our trainees.
After the interview, what happens?
Accept the offer on the UCAS website.
We will contact you regularly with information.  You will be invited to an induction event in the summer term.
Do I need to do anything before the course starts?
Make sure you have provided Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT (secondary) and HART of Yorkshire SCITT (primary) with all your documentation.  You will also be asked to complete a DBS and provide original certificates of your qualifications.