Teaching is an amazing profession. You get to work with children and their families, you’re supported by fantastic colleagues in school and every day brings something new.

At Leeds Trinity, we offer two undergraduate programmes in Primary Education which cover the age ranges 3-7 years and 5-11 years. Whichever age-range you train for, you will be qualified to teach across ages 3-11 years in the primary sector.

Our programmes are developed alongside school partners, academic staff and the latest research to ensure our courses are current and respond to Ofsted requirements. All trainees spend a minimum of 24 weeks training in the school environment, with opportunities for enhanced placements in alternative age-ranges and settings located over a wide geographical area.

You’ll work with expert school mentors when on your placement, while also receiving help, advice and support from your University link tutor. This combination of expert input means that you’ll get specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development, including how to manage a busy classroom.

By the time your graduate you’ll be well prepared for your future career in the teaching profession.

Early Years 3-7 or Later Years 5-11?

Choosing the right age-range for your training can be a difficult decision, but whichever age-range you train for, you will be qualified to teach across ages 3-11 in the primary sector. 

The Early Years 3-7 programme prepares you for those very early teaching and learning experiences. In this role, you will spend time helping children learn through play activities – which is more challenging than it sounds! 

You will be a key figure in nurturing children’s social, emotional and physical development, as well as teaching those first skills needed to support the rest of their school years and beyond.

The Later Years 5-11 programme prepares you to build on the early childhood experiences that children bring with them to their first years of more formal schooling. You will build on best practice of learning through play to engage children with the Key Stage 1 curriculum and beyond. Working in Key Stage 2, you will see children develop, ready for the challenges of secondary education. 

Georgia Walsham.

You will never look back at your decision once you have your own class, it is the best, most rewarding job.

Georgia Walsham
Primary Education (Later Years 5-11) with QTS Graduate

Programme structure

In each year of the programme there are four key strands which structure your learning and professional experience at University and in school.

Professional Studies

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the statutory frameworks that teachers work within as well as best practice in meeting your legal and ethical obligations in key areas such as safeguarding and child protection.

Subject Knowledge and Applied Pedagogy

Our focus is on developing your ability to teach a broad and balanced curriculum and gain an understanding of subject and age-specific pedagogy to enable you to plan, teach and assess across the curriculum confidently.

Research Literacy

An important aspect of training to teach is developing your understanding of why we work in certain ways. Understanding the theory behind what works helps you to reflect professionally on your teaching and sets you up to be confident in your own practice and decision-making.

School-based Training

You’ll spend substantial time working alongside practitioners in Early Years and Primary settings. To help you develop the confidence you’ll need to become a teacher, you’ll complete at least 24 weeks of school-based training as part of your degree. We’ll support you to build your skills gradually, so you’ll be ready to take on the role of class teacher by the time you undertake your final placement.

We have strong partnerships with hundreds of schools that will give you access to opportunities in a wide range of education settings. We work with a diverse range of schools – from small rural schools to large, inner-city schools where you will work as part of a multi-professional team.

We work with ‘outstanding’ schools who are leading in education, as well as schools that may have large intakes of vulnerable groups of children, or who may have difficulties in reaching outcome targets at the end of key stages.

Our dedicated School Partnerships team will work with you to find the right opportunity for your school-based training. You’ll be allocated a University link tutor and a school-based mentor for each placement who will support you throughout your training.

Before you complete each block of school-based training, you’ll take part in intensive and immersive preparation training led by your Primary Education lecturers.

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