Initial Teacher Training

We are invested in Leeds

Our aim, based upon our existing success, is to produce teachers dedicated to ensuring that all young people, regardless of background, are purposeful and happy in their education and lives.

This means the development of the sensitive skills needed for the removing of barriers to learning, but also the capacity to nurture all abilities so they thrive. This will ensure that the recruitment, training and supply of trainee teachers within Leeds is world class, sharing even more fully the practice that The GORSE Academies Trust and our other partners across Yorkshire and Humberside have benefitted from over the last eight years.

Our plans for Teacher Training are built around the success of GORSE SCITT, which was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2017 and currently trains 250 colleagues each year, from EYFS through to Post-16. We see it as a privilege and moral imperative to continue and extend this provision.

GORSE SCITT is making a significant and growing contribution to the supply of high-quality teachers to schools in Leeds and neighbouring areas.

Ofsted, November 2017

We believe that the key quality of a really successful teacher is moral purpose, and for this reason we are particularly keen to explore the development of a ‘faith dimension’ for schools and trainees who see this as an important part of their work as a teacher. Our plan over the next four years is to double the size of our teacher training programme ensuring as we do that it meets approximately 50% of the recruitment requirements of schools across the city.

Our core responsibility in Initial Teacher Training is to provide trainees with the best possible start to their career. Expertly utilising the ITT core content framework that draws on the best available evidence and aligns with the Early Career Framework to establish a three year structured package of exceptional support. However, this is the baseline, the foundation of our ambitious curriculum for teacher training; we believe that if teachers are to provide expert and rich learning then they themselves must be provided with this; that is exactly what we do.

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