Teach Yorkshire is a partnership of teacher training providers in the Yorkshire region. We established Teach Yorkshire to enable potential trainees to more easily access the information they’re looking for. The regions best training providers are all ‘under one roof’ on our website, so as you can concentrate on finding a provider that is right for you.
The aim of each training provider on the Teach Yorkshire is to recruit the best trainees, who in turn will become outstanding teachers in the future. By working together through Teach Yorkshire we hope to make your journey just a little easier.
School Direct Training (non-salaried route)
The School Direct (non-salaried) route of study is unpaid. The School Direct (non-salaried) route is run by a school or group of schools who work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) consortium to offer a school based training programme.
School Direct Training (salaried route)
A school-led teacher training course option, this route is available for both Primary and Secondary teaching and is run by the school or group of schools. These providers work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). School Direct (salaried) trainees are employed by the school as unqualified teachers whilst they learn on-the-job.
School Direct Programme/SCITT programmes are unique to the group of schools offering the programme. Each training provider works slightly differently, and each provider works with different schools, different teachers and different mentors.
All of the programmes will have general coverage to ensure that you meet the Initial Teacher Training Standards but each one will offer a bespoke programme that often reflects the values and ethos of the consortium of schools. Teach Yorkshire provides a portal for you to find out more about each provider, so you can make an informed choice.
If you chose to undertake schools-based training you will generally be based in a school for the full year of the training, part of which involves a placement at a ‘contrasting’ local school -this can vary from just a few weeks to almost a full-term with some providers.
Training is generally offered via a variety of workshops, tutorials or on-line throughout the year, but you will also be involved in individual and whole school training within your own schools.
University-based training involves more ‘on-campus’ training in lecture halls / rooms with several school ‘placements’ throughout the year at different schools, potentially spread over a wide area – often up to an hour or more travel from your home.
All providers will have a slightly different approach to the selection of trainee teacher, but some aspects will be similar such as an interview and most will want to have some observation of applicants with children. You may even be interviewed by a group of pupils!
Please contact providers for specific details of their application and selection process or visit their website for more details.
Please see contact details for each provider or visit their website.
A detailed explanation of the entry requirements can be found on Department for Education (DfE) Get into Teaching page, but in short you’ll need to have graduated and have an English & Maths GCSE (Grade C or above/equivalent or the new Grade 4 or above/equivalent) and a Science GCSE as well, if you want to teach Primary.
Programmes generally last for one year however some schools may offer training on a part-time basis. Please contact your chosen school/training provider to discuss specific details.
Most providers will expect applicants to have some classroom experience, but you will need to check with individual providers to see if they have requirement for a minimum number of days.
The majority of schools do look for applicants with some school experience. This does not need to be paid experience and can be voluntary. Some schools are happy for applicants to contact them with a view to undertaking voluntary work on the understanding that any necessary checks are made (e.g. DBS checks).
The School Experience Programme is a great way to find a structured placement in school which is committed to supporting people into teacher training.
Some providers offer places on School Direct Salaried courses, but generally these are targeted at applicants who are already quite experienced in schools (e.g. Teaching Assistants), so it’s always best to contact the provider before applying if you’re not currently working as a classroom practitioner.
Currently the maximum tuition-fees that can be charged for ITT are £9,250, but some providers do charge less.
Trainee teachers may be eligible for a maintenance loan (go to: Student Loans Company), a tax free bursary grant or even a scholarship for certain subjects – Please check the Department for Education (DfE) website.
Training with most SCITT Providers and School Direct Alliances you’ll have the opportunity to complete a PGCE, but please check with individual providers as to whether it is a ‘compulsory’ or ‘optional’ element of their programme or if they do not offer a PGCE.
Some providers offer alternative postgraduate qualifications, but these may not be a full PGCE.
No, you do not ‘need’ a PGCE, as it is only necessary to gain QTS (qualified teacher status) in order to teach in a school in England as a qualified teacher. However, most providers recommend that trainees consider undertaking a PGCE, as it underpins the QTS qualification and is also a good starting point for teachers wishing to progress towards a Masters.
Please check with the individual SCITT Provider or School Direct Alliance
Teacher training candidates must have the following, prior to commencement of the course:
A degree from a UK university or an equivalent oversees qualification. We may require you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. Find more details on the Department for Education (DfE) Subject Knowledge Enhancement page.
Please speak to individual providers about their specific requirements.
The cost of the programme can differ depending on the qualification awarded on completion, please check with the Lead School/SCITT Provider.
Yes, many of the Teach Yorkshire providers offer placements in Special Schools, however not all do. You will need to ensure that the Lead School/SCITT provider is either a Special School or has links with one.
Most teacher training does start in September, but some providers may have places starting at other times of the year, so please contact providers for specific details of their start dates or visit their website for more details.
UCAS opens in late October for places to start the following September.
A new approach for assessing numeracy and literacy will be delivered by training providers if you start teacher training in/after 2020. This will involve the provider assuring that you have the fundamental English and mathematics skills to become a teacher either at interview or during the training course. Check with your training provider to find out more information.
Please note if you start your teacher training course before 1st April 2020, you must pass the professional skills tests for numeracy and literacy before you begin your training.
See ‘Skills Tests‘ for more details.