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School-led route: School Direct

What is School Direct?

A School Direct PGCE gives you the chance to complete your primary or secondary teacher training with a particular partnership of schools.

Your programme will be designed in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and the schools, based on the partnership schools’ specific requirements for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). As such, you’ll be based in a school from day one and your training will be very hands-on.

School Direct is a popular choice for trainees who hope to secure a teaching role in the same partnership of schools in which they train.

Course structure

The structure is broadly the same structure as the University-led courses, giving you the chance to develop your confidence and teaching knowledge through three stages. Your training will be led by University tutors and school staff and delivered in cross-subject groups, but the main difference is that it will be predominantly be delivered in schools.

While you’ll spend very little time at Leeds Trinity University itself, you’ll still be able to access all the specialist support that you would
expect from a university.

Courses available: Primary

  • Primary Education (3-7)
  • Primary Education (5-11)

Courses available: Secondary

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science with ICT
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science with Biology
  • Science with Chemistry
  • Science with Physics
  • Social Sciences

Our School Direct partners

We work in partnership with a wide range of schools across Yorkshire.

See our list of schools

School-led route: School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) PGCE

What is SCITT?

A SCITT PGCE is an alternative school-led route, offering Secondary PGCE courses through a partnership of local schools and Leeds Trinity University called Leeds SCITT.

Leeds SCITT has been training outstanding secondary teachers in West Yorkshire since 2004. Similar to School Direct, your PGCE programme is designed in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and the schools within the Leeds SCITT partnership. You’ll be based in a school from day one and your training will be very hands-on.

Secondary courses available

  • Art and Design
  • Computer Science with ICT
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science with Biology
  • Science with Chemistry
  • Science with Physics

Course structure

Like School Direct, the SCITT structure is broadly the same structure as the University-led courses, giving you the chance to develop your confidence and teaching knowledge through three stages. Your training will be led by a mix of university tutors and active teaching professionals based at schools, who’ll give you high levels of personal support in and out of the classroom. 

While you’ll spend very little time at Leeds Trinity University, you’ll still be able to access all the specialist support that you would expect from a University.

Partner schools

Leeds SCITT is a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools based in Leeds and West Yorkshire. 

For more information, visit leedsscitt.org.uk