Why Train With Us

The Pennine Teaching School Alliance is a made up of sixty three schools including Secondary, Primary and Special schools. The schools within the Alliance have a long and successful track record of training teachers. We are working closely with The Huddersfield Horizon SCITT to provide a high quality training programme. As part of the Pennine Teaching School Alliance course you will have the opportunity to spend some time in a Special school and experience the rewards and challenges involvedwith this area of education. Some of our courses are available with a main focus on Special education and this is indicated in the individual course details.

Entry Requirements

You should be an Honours graduate, normally with a 1st or 2:1 with a degree relevant to the subject you wish to teach (normally 50% of your degree content). We may consider applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

You must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. For Primary you will also need a GCSE Science at Grade C.

You must have DBS clearance before you can start the course.

You must have a pass in the Literacy and Numeracy skills tests before training begins.

If your qualifications have not been acquired in the UK, you should visit the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Centre) website to determine whether your qualifications are equivalent to GCSE, A Level or Degree.

You will normally need to have three years work experience to apply for a School Direct Salaried programme. Your work experience does not have to be in an educational context.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are excited by the prospect of working with young people and show a strong desire to help them to learn about and understand their subject. You will be passionate about your subject and have firstclass communication skills both oral and written, patience, empathy and a willingness to work hard. A sense of humour is essential, as is the need to be positive and optimistic.

How We Select Our Trainees

The interview process will include making a presentation and answering questions; you will be told in advance about the content of the presentation. Following the presentation there will be an interview. The interview panel will involve a subject specialist. Throughout the day you will have an opportunity to talk to some staff and pupils. The process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

About This Training Programme

This is a work-based training programme. You will be employed by a school within the Alliance. The course details on the UCAS site will specify the school offering the placement. You will have an individual training programme which will enable to you meet the Teaching Standards and you will also benefit from school-based Professional Development courses which are open to all staff.

In the first  week of your training you will attend a Trainee Conference where you will have the opportunity to meet other trainees on the programme and receive an introduction into key aspects of a teacher's skills set. As a secondary trainee you will also spend two days in a Primary or Infant school within the Alliance.

You will be assigned a mentor from your employing school. Your mentor will be trained to observe you effectively in the classroom and give you rich developmental feedback on your teaching. You will also have meetings with the ITT co-ordinator on a regular basis. From the beginning you will be treated as any other member of staff and will attend staff meetings, INSET days and parents evenings. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one.

Special School Experience

As a trainee on the course you will be given the opportunity to spend some time in a Special School within the Alliance. This will give you a valuable insight into the work of staff who teach children with severe learning or physical disabilities.


Your salary will be determined by the employing school, but will usually be on the Unqualified Teacher Scale.