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Academies Enterprise Trust

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Academies Enterprise Trust is not currently​ recruiting students.​

This is the operational arm of the Greensward Charitable Trust, which is a federation of academies created to provide thousands of students/pupils with the best possible education.


Why train with us?

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) Learning Institute works in partnership with Leeds Trinity, an Ofsted rated 'Good' accrediting provider.

AET is an innovative, unique and exciting multi-academy educational sponsor with 66 Secondary, Primary and Special academies throughout England. Our overarching aim is to 'make our best better' because we firmly believe that EVERY child deserves an excellent education.

AET Learning Institute is a fantastic place to train! We are friendly and supportive with a commitment to outstanding training for trainee teachers. We have outstanding teachers as mentors, have developed Initial Teacher Training Programmes with Ofsted 'Good' and 'Outstanding' accredited Providers and have an excellent track record of offering outstanding training for all routes into teaching.

In addition, once you have qualified and become an AET teacher, our excellent continuous professional development programmes ensure that you continue to fulfil your potential by providing training and development opportunities that will support you in your career path as a teacher and leader.

School Direct training is highly practical with opportunities for trainees to observe experienced and outstanding practitioners with additional bespoke theoretical training led by AET Principals and senior leaders. The course starts on the 1 September and lasts for one academic year and will give you a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 6 with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion. In addition, you can also choose to gain 60 Master credits to achieve Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 as part of Continued Professional Development (CPD) following the course.

Your main placement school will be Swallow Hill Community Academy, Leeds

For more details please contact the Teacher Training contact, Gillian Knutsson

Entry requirements


  • 2(ii) degree with at least 50% of your degree content in the subject in which you will specialise
  • GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics 
  • Satisfactory clearance fro​m the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
  • Verification of your medical fitness to teach
  • An ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written Standard English
  • Some recent classroom experience – through paid or voluntary work, a voluntary placement or the School Experience Programme 
  • If following the School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) route you will need to have a minimum of three or more years' career relevant experience


  • 2(i) honours degree with at least 50% of your degree content in the subject in which you will specialise
  • Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects
  • Minimum of 2, preferably 3 A levels of good grades ​

What we're looking for

Calling all dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and innovative trainees. AET Learning Institute is looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their school phase and/or subject specialism and have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.  

In addition it is desirable that you:

  • Have visited a local school and arranged to volunteer regularly in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised in an educational environment
  • Have read and can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement available on Fridays or online at or the Department for Education website
For guidance on what to include within your personal statement and what may be included in an interview, visit the​.


How we select our trainees

The selection process

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day. The selection process will usually involve: 

  • A classroom-based task 
  • Time with staff/departments 
  • A formal interview 
  • A written task 


About the course

Our aims are to:

  • To provide outstanding quality training for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 
  • To ensure trainees benefit from excellent school-led training with strong mentor support, in-depth study of relevant theoretical frameworks and observation of outstanding practitioners
  • To fulfil trainees' potential and increase the supply of well-trained, fully-qualified and inspirational teachers for Swallow Hill Community College and academies across the Academies Enterprise Trust

What our School Direct programme offers you

  • A high percentage of time spent in schools and academies with staff experienced at training teachers
  • A high-quality professional studies programme
  • Personal tutor support and a bespoke training plan
  • Gradual increase in the number of lessons you teach
  • Training delivered by experienced experts including practising teachers and Education Consultants
  • An excellent understanding of, and preparation for, the teaching profession
  • Excellent employment rates​​

How am I assessed?

  • You must demonstrate that your teaching is suitable to meet the Teachers' Standards. This is measured in schools, through your own accumulation of evidence based on your time spent in school and university learning. You are assessed and graded on your performance as a teacher
  • You must successfully complete three assignments

Subjects Offered

  • ​English
  • Mathematics
  • Science with Chemistry


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