Our teacher training programme runs from September 2018 to June 2019. During this time, you will have two placements, an Initial Development Placement from September to February and a Sustained Development Placement which runs from March to June.

GORSE SCITT believes that all trainee teachers, morally, should understand where pupils have been on their educational journey so far, where your teaching will transport them to and how they will reach their ultimate destination. As such, all trainees will experience teaching from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 13 and beyond through our Enriched Development Placements.

Enriched Development Placements

Exposing you to all Key Stages, Enriched Developed Placements will typically last between one and three weeks, so that you will have time to immerse yourself in the setting, meaningfully reflect on your experience and consider how you can implement what you have seen into your own teaching practice.

Enriched Development Plans complement and enrich your experience and understanding of the age range and phase in which you are teaching.

We will differentiate your contact with students, dependant on your progress, allowing time for high quality preparation and reflection as well as developing and honing teaching skills.

All trainee teachers will be allocated Subject Mentors; these colleagues are very experienced and well-regarded teachers who will be able to offer you help, advice and support throughout the year. Each subject area will have a Subject Lead; this colleague is a recognised expert in his or her area and will deliver, in partnership with Mentors and Host Teachers, the knowledge and skills needed to become an outstanding teacher.

At GORSE SCITT, we offer all of our trainee teachers the opportunity to experience and engage with educational practice outside, beyond and parallel to the age groups they predominantly teach.

Enhancement opportunities happen all across the year; typically, they last a week to a fortnight.

Trainee teachers will engage with these opportunities on a staggered basis, so as not to overwhelm the host schools.

These enhancement opportunities serve a vital purpose for trainee teachers during their teacher training year, as we ask the questions:

  • How can you prepare Year 11s if you don’t understand what happens in Year 12?
  • How can you support Year 7s if you don’t know what happens in Year 6?

All enhancement is structured to be completed by May. In the last few weeks of your traineeship, you will have the opportunity to return to an enhancement placement of your preference.

Post – 16 Enhancement

Trainee teachers will spend a minimum of 2 weeks at the Outstanding Elliott Hudson College, working with A-Level students.

Trainees in the subjects of Business Studies or Social Sciences are more likely to have a placement at the college.

EAL Enhancement
Primary colleagues will spend a week at Hillcrest Academy working with young children whose first language is not English.
Secondary colleagues will have a similar opportunity at Leeds City Academy.

Schools on a Journey from RI to Outstanding
Every trainee teacher will have the opportunity to experience the work put in by colleagues in Ofsted RI schools on their journey to becoming Outstanding.
Primary colleagues will spend time at Ryecroft Academy, and secondary colleagues will spend time in Leeds West Academy or Leeds East Academy.

Alternative Provision
Trainee teachers will spend two days at The Stephen Longfellow Academy, a school for students with mental or behavioural difficulties who do not function well in a mainstream environment.

Special Educational Needs Provision
In partnership with the West SILC, we give trainees the unique opportunity to spend half a day working with children with profound learning difficulties, including Multiple and Complex Learning Difficulties.

Eligibility and Compliance

To be eligible to apply for our School Direct programme, you will need to have secured a UK Undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification at 2.2 or above. Ideally your degree will be in the subject you wish to teach. However, if your degree subject does not match closely to the chosen subject, you may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses and we will help you to make arrangements for this. Further information regarding Subject Knowledge Enhancement can be found on The National College for Teaching and Learning website.

GCSE grade C or above (a Level 4 or above if this qualification is taken June 2017 or later) in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualifications. Primary applicants will also need a GCSE grade C or above (or Level 4 or above) in a Science subject. Strong preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application and all successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2017.
For both Primary and Secondary applications a minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2:1 honours degrees or above. For Secondary applicants a minimum of 50% of your degree should be in a related subject. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2017. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will still be considered.
Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy is required before starting the course. Further information regarding these tests can be found on the NCTL website. Once you have made an application for School Direct via the UCAS website, you can then go ahead and book yourself onto these on a date, time and location convenient to you. We urge you to do this as soon as possible in the application process.
For Secondary applications, having a good “A” level result in your chosen subject, whilst not a requirement of the course, will strengthen your application.
  • GCSE / University grades
  • Skills tests
  • All offers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
  • Medical questionnaire
  • Relevent degree / Subject Knowledge Enhancement

  • School experience