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The Co-operative Academies Trust

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​​​​​​​​The Co-operative Trust (CAT) comprises of four primary academies in East Leeds – Brownhill, Oakwood, Woodlands and Nightingale Primary and one local authority school -Shakespeare Primary School.

The CAT primaries are sponsored by the Co-operative Group, w​​ell known for its high-street presence.  This relationship brings not only business expertise but also core values and aims that are fully compatible with those of aspirational and socially aware primary schools. 

All of the partnership schools are led by experienced Senior Leadership Teams and encompass a large catchment of diverse and specific locational and educational challenges. Our schools drive improvement through the initiatives and innovation of their respective teaching and support teams to meet the rapidly changing needs of our communities and the children we serve.

About the course

The partnership is looking for aspirant practitioners to teach in our schools with focused support of our excellent colleagues. The course is organised into three stages:

Stage 1: Planning, teaching and assessment

Stage 2: Individual learning needs and broadening teaching strategies

Stage 3: Professionalism and Induction

You will have the opportunity to pursue a specific area of personal interest and specialism during Stage 3, and be qualified to Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 6 with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion. You can also choose to gain 60 additional Master credits to achieve Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 as part of Continued Professional Development (CPD) following the course.

Course model

Co-operative Academies Trust is classed as a local partnering school with Leeds Trinity. This means you will receive university academic teaching at Leeds Trinity campus three days a week, and be school-based for two days a week supported by your mentor and teachers.

How to apply

Applying for the School Direct programme couldn't be​ easier. Search for The Co-operative Primary Academy, Leeds at for more information and to apply for Primary Teacher Training. Early applications are recommended as the programme will no longer be available once target numbers are met.

Fees and funding

Financial support is available throughout your training, with opportunities to receive a tax-free bursary of up to £20,000 from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The tuition fee is £9,000 a year for Postgraduate study with Leeds Trinity. 

Find out more about student finance

Contact us

Further information about the ​School Direct programme is available from Rebecca Ingram, Executive Headteacher of Oakwood and Nightingale Primary Academies​ via Sally Whittingham on ​ ​  


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