Initial Teacher Training

Initial Teacher Training

Schools Direct Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

“The NQT training I have received has been extremely valuable, effective and engaging.”
Primary Teacher

School with Schools works in partnership with the University of Leeds to provide a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); a one-year course for graduates that wish to undergo Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to achieve the professional standards required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Schools with schools provides its students with:

  • Academic tuition through lectures, seminars and tutorials with both University and School based staff.
  • Teaching experience through placements in mainstream and Special school provision across our partnership schools.
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
  • Support in preparation for application and interviews.

“During my placement I found the staff to be warm, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to give me an helping hand.”
ITT student (Leeds University)

Our PGCE programme focuses on the development of the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding that relate to learning and teaching in schools.

Both school and university aspects of the programme count towards the assessment of the PGCE and as evidence that you have met the standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

For more information, please contact 0161 624 1133.

Placement Opportunities

Are you?

  • A qualified teacher who has been out of teaching for a while and are considering returning, or are you thinking of changing phase?
  • Working in mainstream school and would welcome a short term placement in an outstanding special school?

We offer a range of placements across our partner schools.

“The support I received was fantastic, with all members of staff offering their experience and knowledge to assist throughout my time there.”
ITT student (Leeds University)

For more information about placements, please contact the School with Schools main office to arrange a placement in one of our local partner schools or see the attached file



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