Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

ITT/School Direct

Applying to us during COVID-19

UCAS and Apply for Teacher Training are now open
for applications for September 2021.

We are currently following all guidelines
issued by the Government.
You can apply to train to teach with us as normal,
our interviews may be carried out

For any questions about our process
contact Sue at -


If you are looking to apply to UCAS/DfE Apply the following presentation gives information on UCAS/Apply, qualifications needed, funding, course content and securing a place.   

An introduction to Teacher Training with Yorkshire Inclusive TSA



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.



You will have, or will be in the process of getting -

  • GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.   If you are applying for a 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 2.1. or above.

Additionally, experience of working with children or young people in the recent past is helpful in writing your application; 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.



You can search for our courses here on our website and also https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses.  We are provider 1ER.

You can begin your application by submitting your details on DfE Apply

https://www.apply-for-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/candidate or through UCAS at www.ucas.com which are now open for applications.

You will need to 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 and let them know you are applying so that they don’t delay the process.

School experience is a vital part of strengthening your application and prepare you for potential interviews.  School experience can be arranged through https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/school-experience

For certain secondary programmes you may benefit from additional subject training, to help build up or refresh your existing knowledge. The length of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme 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.

Most interviews this year will be on-line.  You will be asked to complete some tasks in advance of your formal interview and provide certain documents including your certificates.

After the interview, we aim to contact you within 24 hours with a decision.  When we offer a place, you should accept the offer on the DfE Apply/UCAS website.  Prior to starting the course, you will also be asked to complete a DBS, a fitness to teach questionnaire and provide original certificates of your qualifications.

We will contact you regularly with information.  You will be invited to an induction event in the summer term.


If you have just graduated or have less than 3 years' work experience, you could follow the School Direct route. If you are offered a School Direct place you will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships, if appropriate. Once you have accepted your place you can make applications for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England.

The cost of training for 2021-2022 is £9250.

You may be entitled to a bursary:

The funding available for teacher training courses starting in academic year 2021/22






















Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.
Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Candidates with overseas degrees may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. 

Trainees in chemistry, computing, maths and physics are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria.
For more information visit the Gov.co.uk bursary information page

For September 2020/21 we are recruiting for the following Schools:

Beckfoot Oakbank High School, Keighley
Beckfoot Thornton, Bradford
Co-op Academy of Leeds
Co-op Academy Priesthorpe High School
John Jamieson (East SILC) (SEND specialism)
Leeds City Academy
Leeds East Academy
Leeds West Academy
The Lighthouse School (SEND specialism)
Medical Needs Teaching Service of Leeds
North West SILC (SEND specialism)
Royds School
West SILC (SEND specialism)

Alwoodley Primary
Bardsey Primary
Corpus Christie Primary
Farsley Springbank Primary
Harehills Primary
Hovingham Primary
Immaculate Heart
John Jamieson (East SILC) (SEND Specialism)
Middleton Primary
North West SILC (SEND Specialism)
Parklands Primary
St Bartholomew's Primary
Westroyd Primary
West SILC (SEND specialism)


And the following subjects:

Art and Design
Design & Technology 


Courses marked * are also available with an SEND focus.  We can also offer these as a salaried programme although our current school partners are not able to support salaried places this year. If you are already working in a school, or could find a school to host you, we would happily support you to achieve a PGCE with QTS.