School-led routes into teacher training are a huge part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub. They offer a diverse range of courses with partner schools in and around Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and beyond. If you’re considering getting into teaching then choosing to do your training through a school-led route is a fantastic way to gain hands on experience and develop your teaching skills in the classroom.

Without further ado, here’s a brief overview of our school-led routes into teacher training:

Aston Community Education Trust

Aston Community Education Trust work with a number of Higher Education Providers and with clusters of schools in Rotherham, Derbyshire and Sheffield. They have placements across a wide geographical area with a range of schools in both urban and rural areas. 

The organisation has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by their trainees for the last 2 consecutive years. What’s more, 100% of their trainees feel well supported by them and every one of their trainees have secured jobs. This shows they are clearly committed to providing high-quality learning and teaching. 

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Forge Teaching School Alliance

Forge Teaching School Alliance offers a vibrant and diverse partnership of schools across South Yorkshire to create a sustainable and powerful system of school improvement. They’re firmly committed to supporting teachers at every stage of their career, from initial teacher training to the highest levels of leadership. 

Forge TSA’s School Direct PGCE programme combines high-quality in-school experience and support with bespoke training sessions delivered by university specialists and expert practitioners from their schools to fully prepare trainees to teach across the primary age-range. 

Their School Direct programme carries an outstanding track record of employment on successful completion of the course.

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Learners First Partnership

Learners First Partnership is a large and well established teaching school with a proven track record across all key performance indicators. Including over 200 schools and academies, they cover all phases from 0 to 19. 

As a programme of academic learning and training, trainees will cover all aspects of education and pedagogy in their training. They provide high-quality, relevant professional development and facilitate opportunities for forward thinking research and school-to-school support to promote meaningful collaboration and school improvement.

Training with Learners First is a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues, share good practice and engage in peer coaching. 

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Mercia Learning Alliance

Mercia Learning Alliance offers aspiring teachers a broad range of opportunities across all subjects and key stages. Working with The University of Sheffield (secondary) and The Sheffield SCITT (primary), with a wide range of postgraduate qualifications on offer, you will have the opportunity to carry out your training in some of the best schools in the country, learning from inspirational teaching staff who are leaders in their field.

Their partnership schools are all committed to finding and developing their own teachers, therefore they are committed to their trainees. At Mercia Learning Alliance they want to ‘grow’ their own teachers, supporting you throughout your professional career from trainee all the way up to senior leader and beyond.

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Sheffield South East Learning Partnership

Sheffield South East Learning Partnership, also known as SSELP, is a School Direct collaboration of 18 schools situated in South East Sheffield. The schools work collaboratively to enhance ITT provision and to provide outstanding training and career opportunities. 

The close geographical catchment of schools is ideal for trainees local to the area, and also offer a variety of contexts including special schools, multicultural diversity, faith schools, mixed social demographic and all phases of education from nursery to post 16. 

Impressively, over the past six years, 100% of their students have passed. A significant number of their graduates are now making a difference to their children every day.

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Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance

Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance, also known as STTA, is one of the longest established and largest Teaching Schools in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, bringing 100+ newly trained teachers into the profession every year, via their network of 60+ schools.

They have an excellent track record of their trainees securing jobs, with many trainees gaining jobs before they have even finished the course.

Once trainees have completed their course with STTA, it’s not the end of the relationship. They support you throughout your career, providing training for all stages of teaching – from subject specialism through to middle and senior leadership. 


Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance

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St Bernard’s School Direct Training

St Bernard’s Catholic High School is a School Direct lead with an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED grading. They are centered in a partnership of primary and secondary schools working in collaboration to provide the very best teaching to students within the local communities and beyond.

St Bernard’s is different and they are proud of their uniqueness. As a small school, they are passionate about training the next generation of teachers. Their staff are enthused and fully equipped to share their extensive experience, knowledge and skills to develop the very best teachers of the future. 

St Bernard’s is a welcoming and friendly environment where all their trainees say they feel safe to learn, reflect and improve. What’s more, 100% of their trainees secure jobs for their NQT year.


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Teach North

Teach North offers a School Direct programme that strives to develop, support and celebrate excellent trainee teachers who are well-prepared for the profession. It is an integral part of a high-performing multi-academy trust, Outwood Grange Academies Trust. 

They are partners with a variety of universities including Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds Beckett University, University of York and Bishop Grosseteste University. Having diverse and unique high-quality training from each university puts Teach North is a fantastic position to help each of their trainees. 

With placements in two contrasting schools you’ll receive experiences to help discover the type of setting you want to work in during your teaching career.

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The Sheffield SCITT

The Sheffield SCITT, judged ‘Good’ by OFSTED, offers diverse teacher training and bespoke experiences in a variety of different schools across the region. Their partner schools include academies, maintained community schools, church schools, those in multicultural inner cities, secondary schools with large sixth forms and primary schools with Early Years Centres. 

Partners of The Sheffield SCITT see them as the best way to find and develop their own future teachers, with the vast majority of trainees securing jobs within their partnership. They remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual, but large enough to offer exceptionally high-quality training. 

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The National Modern Languages SCITT

The National Modern Languages (NML) SCITT is the only national teacher training course focused solely on modern languages, meaning you train with people who are immersed in the subject. The course is either one-year full time or two-years part time and offers teacher training which has been developed in close collaboration with modern language experts from schools and universities. Their training takes place in a collaborative and supportive network of schools across England where you will gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings. 

Working in partnership with excellent schools from both the state and independent sectors, you’re sure to receive a fantastic experience when training with the NML. What’s more, their partnerships continue to extend to many areas of the country enabling you to choose a setting that most suits you. 

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