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      Leeds SCITT offers a History PGCE course with a difference: we aim to get you into the classroom quickly to learn with a ‘hands-on’ approach and to become an experienced practitioner. The course offers a unique opportunity to develop your experience in dynamic and supportive school environments, whilst allowing you to establish your own style of teaching. 

      The lead school sessions were extremely good, and having spent four years out of education, were very helpful in guiding me back into history.


      Instead of sitting in a lecture theatre learning about behaviour management, I was able to observe a class and then put the strategies into practice. It provided a great platform for when I first took over my classes and even for today. It also gave me the initial confidence I needed.


      Why join Leeds SCITT For Your History PGCE Teacher Training

      Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an exciting and innovative teacher training provider that offers the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for aspiring educators.

      Our Postgraduate Training Courses help to provide the highest quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that successful candidates have the teaching skills and knowledge necessary to become outstanding educators and secure a career in the teaching profession.

      PGCE student teachers will be working with a dedicated team of subject specialists who will provide them with the training and support to excel as history teachers. In your Lead School Experience, you will be introduced to a range of practical, research-informed strategies to help you to understand how best to teach your subject.

      As you progress throughout the course, you will begin to implement these practical ideas and adapt them to fit your school context as well as to the needs of your learners, gradually taking more ownership and initiative on your placements.

      How will I become a confident History teacher?

      As the National Curriculum content for History covers a large range of time periods, you will continue to improve your subject knowledge throughout the course, as well as having access to resources prior to joining us.

      During your training year, you will be taught through a wide variety of techniques and strategies how to develop pupils’ historical understanding of areas such as: significance, cause and consequence, change and continuity, chronological understanding and source analysis.

      As the GCSE exam requires students to write essay responses, your mentor and Lead Tutor will also support you in planning resources to enable students to develop and structure their own arguments, as well as training you on how to mark these effectively using exam mark schemes.

      From the History ITT School Lead Tutor

      We are interested in training History teachers who are inspirational and not afraid to take risks by trying out new ideas. If you can inspire, enthuse, challenge and encourage young people then we want to hear from you. We aim to develop confident and innovative teachers, with a wide range of expertise to help pupils progress and achieve. You will be welcomed into our friendly department who will be excited to share with you their experiences and advice.

      What does the Lead School Experience offer?

      Carr Manor Community School enjoys a strong reputation in the local area with a clear focus on the pupils and a strong community ethos. We also work with local researchers who have even been coming into school to run co-creation sessions with our pupils, with the aim of bringing history to life and acknowledging the importance of teaching diverse history. Trainees this year were involved in some of these sessions and found them inspirational.

      School-Based training for a Rewarding Career

      Our previous History trainees have all achieved employment within West Yorkshire, across the country and abroad. Many have gone on to become middle leaders within the first 2 years of their teaching careers. We are pleased that many of our past trainees are now mentors of our current trainees.

      Not only does this contribute to their own professional development as teachers, we believe it also shows that they themselves valued the Leeds SCITT provision highly and are keen to continue to play a part in offering a high-quality, bespoke training programme.

      Additional Secondary School Placements

      During this history teacher training programme, you can be placed within up to two of our additional partnership schools to give you contrasting placements.

      What other opportunities are available in our Placement Schools?

      – Involvement in our debating competition

      – School trips to York and Manchester

      – Work with our Partition project (led by a professor at Leeds Trinity University)

      – Trips to Thackray Museum of Medicine and Leeds City Varieties Music Hall

      – Attend our battlefields trip to Belgium

      – Post –16 Experience

      Tuition Fees

      The course fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course, including QTS (Quality Teaching Status) and 60 masters credits, for the academic year 2023-24 is £9,250. Bursaries and Scholarships are available for some students

      Entry Requirements

      For this Postgraduate Certificate in Education Course you need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales and GCSE grade C or 4 and above (or equivalent) in Maths and English. For further information go to

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