Yorkshire Anglican Teaching School Alliance
Primary (38JX)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

You’re in school from the first day of term, seen as a staff member by everyone. You’re in one school four days a week to the end of the school year, spending Spring half term at a contrasting school. One day a week you’ll be at our central venue alongside other trainees, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands/rewards that brings.

Working alongside your mentor, you’ll identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up and work continuously on a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers and training activities leading to delivering whole class.

Your core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support our trainees throughout their training year, enabling them to be fully prepared for teaching during their training and beyond.

We’re one of a few providers who are fully supported by their local authority learning partners specialising across different education areas.

Our moderation report (2019) said…

4.3 The SCITT is able to draw from a bank of considerable expertise and resources, developed and acquired over time… ‘tried and tested’ trainers…acknowledged practitioners in their field…range of ITE resources … ensures that the ITE curriculum is covered comprehensively over the course of the year …

4.5 … the SCITT manager is forward-looking and committed to adopting best practice to ensure that all trainees receive a ‘good deal’ and are equipped with all of the essential tools they need to teach effectively and impact positively on pupil progress.

In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards.

Assessment is;

  • Half-termly Tutor visit reports
  • 3 termly reports
  • 2nd placement report
  • 3 Reflection Points (training activities which focus on a group of standards feeding into 2 Assignments)

We work hard to create a reduced workload approach to assessment, basing many of our judgments on professional dialogue - not paper trails. Assessment is based upon day-to-day practice and should complement your teaching and reduce the amount of additional work required.

Interview process

If you are selected for interview, you will be asked to prepare a task to bring to your interview and should expect to undertake a written task on the day.

You will be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising a Partnership tutor and a senior colleague from one of our partner schools.

You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.

You will need to bring to interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity.

You will be asked to complete a short exercise to demonstrate your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

If you are successful at the partnership interview you will be offered a place.

If you accept, you will be recommended to a partner school as a prospective trainee.

When a school is confirmed as the host school you should expect to be interviewed by the school, following its recruitment and selection processes.

Before commencing the programme you will sign a contract between you, the host school and the Partnership.

You will have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks will be carried out.

Formal offers of SCITT places will be made by Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and not by individual schools.

How school placements work

Once we receive your application, we’ll acknowledge by email and update UCAS if you are invited to interview. We’ll e-mail or call you with the details.

You’ll be interviewed at our Teaching School in Scissett or at the SCITT base in Heckmondwike by one of our SCITT team alongside a senior colleague from one of our schools. You’ll be expected to answer a range of questions designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.

The interview gives you the opportunity to discuss why you want to teach, what you would bring to the profession, and show us your resilience and initiative. You will be asked to bring a prepared task and you’ll undertake a written task on the day demonstrating your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

You’ll need to bring interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity as part of our Safeguarding processes.

If you are successful, we’ll offer you a place. Ideally within 48 hours. We’ll update UCAS and contact you.

If you accept, we’ll recommended you to a partner school as a prospective trainee. Once confirmed as the host school you should expect to visit; follow its Safeguarding processes, meet the department/class and mentor and maybe a tour of the school.

Before commencing the programme we’ll ask you to sign a contract between you, the host school and us so that everyone agrees to the same supporting principals and requirements of your training year.

We will carry out a criminal background check and other requisite checks.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

£9250 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.

£7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS)

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

If required, we will support you through the Student Finance process for fees and maintenance grants, administer SKE funding as well as signpost to other possible funding streams.



Qualifications must be gained by the start of the course. We consider applications from those finishing a qualification - offers would be subject to successful completion of qualifications.

  • GCSE Maths/English/Science (Primary) at least Grade C/4 or equivalent - we accept most equivalency tests
    • UK Bachelors degree or equivalent
    • NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas

Personal qualities

We look for; Good communication skills Ability to write in Standard English, and model accurate and effective spoken language. Commitment to teaching and learning Understanding of children as learners Clear educational philosophy Understanding educational issues Knowledge/understanding of the subject within the curriculum Ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development Understanding the demands of a school-based route into teaching Resilience

Recent experience of your subject in a secondary school or National Curriculum in a primary school is preferable in order for you to have a greater understanding of the demands of school life.

Other requirements

Remember, we are looking at your potential to train to teach.

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. An overseas check may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK.You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.

Please make sure that you double check your personal statement on your application and that it is grammatically correct.

About the training provider

Yorkshire Anglican TSA are proud to be working in partnership with The Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University We work with Partnership schools across local authorities which means we can offer a diverse selection of schools and a contrasting experience which supports your learning & development. What our trainees say:- We have a strong track record of success. Trainees make very good progress, are well supported to achieve success & demonstrate good/outstanding outcomes at the end of their placements with us. 100% of trainees of trainees who qualified in 2018 were employed.
“When applying for my School Direct placement, I was initially attracted to Scissett CE Academy because of the school’s location and its ethos. During my interview I felt that the staff effectively assessed my abilities and provided me with a great deal of information for me to start my teacher training journey.” Alec Ross Bower former trainee.

“My training experience at Scissett CE Academy has given me the tools to become an enthusiastic, creative & driven primary school teacher. The support and guidance I received throughout my training was excellent and all staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Within my placements I was given broad opportunities to develop my classroom, behaviour management, teaching style & subject knowledge, always with the consistent support of my mentor. From my experience I would highly recommend Scissett CE Academy to any potential applicant.” Chloe James former trainee

About the accredited body

Established and successful teacher training provider, training teachers since 2003, ‘Good’ in our 2015 Ofsted Inspection.

Trainees benefit from experienced mentors in school, tutors & core team who ensure your training year is successful; placements in a range of schools, catering for trainees as far as location, strengths, needs & skills.

Trainees in school four days, one day at base; trainers delivering sessions e.g. behaviour management, planning, etc. to ensure development as effective teachers. Opportunity for networking & sharing in a supportive environment.

Two options; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), QTS/PGCE. PGCE equals 60 Masters credits, offered with University of Huddersfield.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our Wellbeing & Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. Including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities, hearing & visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk.

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.

Although each of our partner schools has differing access arrangements, all schools are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

Our programme effectively begins from the moment you engage with us. We guide you every step of the way from application to completion of your first year of employment and beyond. We take trainee welfare extremely seriously and consideration is given to workload and well-being; enabling us to deal with and remove barriers to learning.

Contact details

Wakefield Road
West Yorkshire


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