Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

ITT/School Direct


ITT - Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession

Our Alliance of schools is working in partnership with Bradford College to deliver a year-long, school-based programme of Initial Teacher Training. The programme leads to a PGCE with QTS.
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.

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.
How do I find out about the Professional Skills Test?
Before you can start teacher training you will need to take the professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them b efore the start of the course.  Practice tests are avaialble at


When you are ready, you can book to take your tests by following this link

You can find more information about the Professional Skills Tests via  http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests


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?
UCAS opens on the 18 October. Make sure you have informed your referees that you will be applying so that they don’t delay the process.  When you are ready to apply go to http://www.ucas.com/apply
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, Professional Skills Tests (if these have been done).  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
Complete your Professional Skills Tests if not done so already
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 passed your Professional Skills Tests and provided Bradford College with all your documentation.  You will also be asked to complete a DBS and a fitness to teach questionnaire.


School Direct exists in two distinct formats -

School Direct (Salaried)
If you are a graduate with 3 or more years successful experience in the workplace (not necessarily in education) then School Direct (Salaried) could be the programme for you.  If you are offered a School Direct (Salaried) place you are not required to pay tuition fees to cover the course.  You will be paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale for the duration of your course.   You are not, thereore, entitled to any other funding.


School Direct
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 2017 is £9000.

Eligibility 2016-2017
  Scholarships Trainee with
2:1 Masters     2.2
Physics £30,000   £30,000  £25,000 £25,000
Maths £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Chemistry                  £27,500 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000
Computing  £27,500  £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Languages £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Biology -       £15,000 £12,000 £10,000
Geography      £27,500   £25,000 £25,000  £25,000
D & T -   £12,000 £9,000 -
English           -    £9,000 £9,000 -
History, RE, Music - £9,000 £4,000 -
Primary - £3,000 - -

In certain subjects, you may be able to apply for a scholarship instead of a bursary.  There are supported by subject associations and offer greater support and additional subject knowledge training.


What will the course look like?
Starting on the first day of the Autumn Term, you will be based in your "home" school.  You will be seen as a member of staff, quickly appreciating the workplace and seeing theory put into practice every day.  You will undertake training by staff in your "home" school as well as workshops and other activities with student teachers from across our Alliance of Schools.

When you are ready, you will start to take responsibility to deliver parts of lessons on your own.   The ITT programme will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.  As you become more confident and competent you will take on greater responsibility until you are teaching full lessons.

How many school placements will there be?
You are required to teach in 2 schools during the course of the year.   The first placement (Autumn) and the third placement (Summer) are usually in the same school.   In the Spring term you wills pend time teaching in another school.  Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for your teaching career.  During the programme you will spend time in a variety of schools and contexts including mainstream schools, special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and the Medical Needs Teaching Service.

What kind of assessments are there for Secondary?
You will need to demonstrate that you meet the Teachers' Standards to achieve QTS.  You will also complete 3 academic assignments in order to achieve a PGCE.  These assignments are focused on your understanding of how children learn, your specialist subject knoweldge and your vision for education.

What support will I receive?
Throughout your year you will be supported by a well-trained mentor, the primary and secondary lead mentors and colleagues from Bradford College.

Secondary Schools
SD – School Direct
SDS – School Direct Salaried
Subject Type of School Direct place
Beckfoot Oakbank Academy, Keighley Science
John Jamieson School English
The Cooperative Academy of Leeds Art
Royds School English