Great system leaders of the next decade will be great because of the quality of their teacher training.

GORSE SCITT is viewed by government and by Ofsted as being a remarkable place to train to become a teacher. As a trainee teacher you will be known to us and truly valued as a fellow professional.

I guarantee that the year will be tough and that there will be days which you will be glad to see coming to an end. But our support for you will be unconditional and expert, preparing you for a great career as a brilliant teacher.

Sir John Townsley CEO of The Gorse Academies Trust

‘The determination that all pupils should receive the best education, regardless of background, pervades all aspects of the course.’

‘The training course at GORSE SCITT is outstanding. Leaders have plotted with meticulous care exactly when and where trainees should receive specific information and experiences.’

‘One school leader described GORSE SCITT as ‘the best SCITT we currently, or have ever, worked with’.’

‘Leaders’ willingness to seek and listen to feedback from trainees means that the training is constantly being refined and improved.’

‘The end result of leaders’ exceptional approach is that trainees are well prepared to teach the age-phase and subjects in which they have been trained.’

OFSTED, 2023


Training with GORSE SCITT

With opportunities to train in locations across Leeds, Bradford, Hull and the East Yorkshire coast, GORSE SCITT offers a wide choice of courses in both the primary and secondary phases.

Training with GORSE SCITT will give you a high-quality learning experience within the diverse, rich, and stimulating professional learning communities of our partnerships. We aim to empower and inspire our trainees to become teachers who will meet the needs of all learners in all contexts. The GORSE SCITT programme forms the first steps of a teacher’s professional learning and will provide you with the opportunity to learn from both academic research and the classroom. You will work alongside expert class teacher mentors in partner schools, each of whom is trained and committed to supporting trainee teachers.

We have created a distinctive programme of Initial Teacher Training that is school centred. Graded an Outstanding provider (Ofsted 2023) in all aspects of our work, GORSE SCITT and our partner schools have extensive experience of leading Initial Teacher Training.

The Curriculum

We believe that all learners, regardless of background, should be enabled by those who teach them to make progress academically and find happiness in their lives. This philosophy applies to all learners of all ages, including our trainee teachers. We believe that in the enabling of progress for others, we make progress ourselves. The Curriculum of our training programme is tailor-made to meet the learning needs of trainee teachers working with us and is underpinned by the ITT Core Content Framework.

From the first day on placement, trainees will be in the classroom as part of an established teaching team in a school. Training is carefully designed to support trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our training is delivered by both experts in placement schools and by SCITT staff and guest trainers, themselves expert school practitioners. On successful completion of the programme, trainees will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status by GORSE SCITT.

Ensuring our trainees develop a wealth of subject knowledge and pedagogy is a key goal of GORSE SCITT. As well as following our core GORSE SCITT Curriculum, we employ expert teachers from our trust and partner schools who will deliver weekly subject knowledge and pedagogy sessions during the training year.

All our trainees carry a copy of our curriculum with them. It is the heart of what we do.

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ITT Core Content Framework


There are many layers of support for trainees while on our programme. Within school all trainees have their own subject mentor who they will work with closely and have weekly meetings with to discuss progress and wellbeing. The next layer of support is the Professional Mentor – this is a member of …

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Excellent employment opportunities become available both during the training year and following completion of the course. The vast majority of our trainees secure employment for the following academic year whilst training. In a typical year, over 75% of our trainees become colleagues within our …

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Want to find out More?

Book an Information evening or a Taster Day.

These virtual events will take place with our leadership team to give you an opportunity to find out more about the courses we offer, the support you will receive and your journey as a GORSE SCITT trainee.

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