We've been training secondary teachers for over 50 years, and have an excellent reputation in the region for supportive and successful training. We believe our approach to teacher training sets us apart from other institutions, and here's why:
You'll learn from experienced teachers and subject leaders
Our unique strength is in the high quality team of subject tutors, each of whom is an experienced teacher as well as leader in each of their subjects. Many of them have written textbooks, worked with examination boards in developing specifications or with organisations such as the BBC, governments, Multi Academy Trusts and other educational organisations.
You'll learn from our partner schools
We work in partnership with our schools and trainees to provide direct and practical training that takes into account robust research about teaching in schools, and about learning to teach in schools.
You'll learn by teaching
We think that trainees should be experiencing school and learning from teaching as early as possible on their PGCE and that, with the right support from University and school mentors, this can give them a flying start. Our training therefore borrows from the best of School Direct and University-led routes in a very effective hybrid course structure. Our trainees are in school one day a week from the third week of our course, and for four days a week from early October, learning from experience.
You'll develop your teaching practice
Your first placement is a chance for you to quickly develop your teaching practice, with dedicated support from a school mentor and the added support from your subject specialist University tutor every Friday. Until Christmas, you'll spend each Friday at Leeds Trinity - discussing your experience in school with other trainees, seeking possible solutions to issues you have faced in school, and taking new approaches back to school the following week.
You'll understand how students learn
After Christmas, you'll complete a second placement in a different school. This will give you the chance to deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement, from January until June, gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils that you will get to know really well. This gives you a very good opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.
You'll be supported after you graduate
Where you choose to train has a long-term impact on your teaching career. More than 97% of our graduates from last year's course were working as teachers in schools in the following September. We want our relationship with newly qualified teachers to continue, and have a very strong NQT programme which supports our graduates in their first year of teaching. Beyond this, the PGCE brings with it 60 masters credits, and ongoing preferential rates on our MA in Education – something which has helped many of our alumni in improving their impact on local schools, and in their own career development.
Our interview process is designed to allow you to show your strengths, as well as giving you an idea of areas that you can develop before the course starts – we are really looking forward to meeting you, and getting your teaching career off to a flying start.