Northern Lights Teaching School Alliance, in partnership with Leeds Trinity University, offers two unique and exciting programmes of teacher training; Secondary SCITT and Primary School Direct PGCE.
Primary School Direct
We offer two age-range pathways: one focusing on the 3–
7 age range and one on the 5–
11 age range. The programme is delivered by schools in an area which includes the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales, East Lancashire and Bradford. Such rich diversity brings enormous opportunities for trainees to experience teaching and learning in rural and inner city settings, across phases and in mainstream and beyond.
School-based second interviews give potential trainees the opportunity to engage with key specialists and students. Once accepted onto the programme they work alongside and learn from highly skilled practitioners who are keen to share their knowledge, skills and understanding. Our staff are one of our most valuable assets, with a long and proven track record in initial teacher education and professional learning. Trainees can be confident that, with the support of future colleagues, they will be thoroughly prepared to teach in one of our Alliance schools once they successfully complete the programme.
Northern Lights TSA regards Day 1 of School Direct as the start of a person's career rather than just a one year programme. On transition to Newly Qualified Teacher status, access to the on-going programme of structured support continues for those working in Alliance schools. Beyond the NQT year there are opportunities which support further career development both as a practitioner and as a future leader through our Northern Lights professional learning programmes.