Leeds SCITT course is broken down into three stages of training.


In stage one, trainees are based in the Lead schools where they learn the foundation of knowledge and skills required to enable them to teach. To be successful, trainees need to learn how to deliver in a style that suits their own personality but allows them to watch and learn from other teachers. Stage 1 will also help focus trainees’ understanding of philosophy of teaching alongside the practicalities of delivery.

Lead schools:

Art & Design at Guiseley School

Computer Science with ICT at Titus Salt School, Shipley

Dance at Cockburn School

Design & Technology  at Guiseley School

Drama at Cockburn School

English at St Marys Menston

Geography at Titus Salt School, Shipley

History at Corpus Christi Catholic College

Maths at St Marys Menston

MFL at Carr Manor, in partnership with Wetherby

Music at Cockburn

Religious Education at Corpus Christi Catholic College

Science with Biology at Wetherby, in partnership with Carr Manor

Science with Chemistry at Wetherby, in partnership with Carr Manor

Science with Physics at Wetherby, in partnership with Carr Manor.

During this stage of the programme, tuition includes 6-10 hours per week at Leeds Trinity University, Horsforth:

  • Professional Learning and Teaching for the 21st Century.

  • An optional Catholic Education unit.

Key learning points of the course:

  • Subject Knowledge

    What do you know? What do you need to improve on?

  • Lesson and Medium Term Planning
    How do you set it out? What do you need to include? What kind of activities should you use? How do children learn?

  • Professionalism

    What is expected of you? What other roles do teachers have?

  • Assessment techniques
    How do you know what the students have learnt? What is a mark scheme? What are the best ways to examine?

  • Classroom management

    How do you motivate and encourage students? How do you deal with difficult students?

  • General teaching knowledge
    New initiatives and understanding education language and key terms.

STAGE 2 and 3

Stage two and three are school based and provide opportunities for you to develop your teaching skills within different school environments, at a pace that suits the individual. The placements are at a reduced timetable, compared to fully qualified teachers, but the timetable increases as the placements progress to get you prepared for your first teaching post.

Trainees are also supported by a school mentor and a link tutor from Leeds SCITT. Constant reflection allows trainees to assess their strengths and development potential, which should allow progression and confidence. We hope this will be the beginning of a challenging and rewarding career.

As you progress from observing other teachers to teaching your own lessons, you will receive informative guidance and constructive feedback. Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to reflect critically on your experiences in order to deepen your understanding of young people’s learning.