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AA Teamworks West Yorkshire SCITT

We offer school centred Teacher training for both primary and secondary subjects. The programme is delivered by outstanding practitioners from our partner schools in primary, secondary and special school settings across Calderdale, Kirklees, Bradford & Leeds. Ourselves and our dynamic range of partner schools share in the common belief of investing and supporting our next generation of teachers. Our trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status as well as a top up PGCE from the University of Huddersfield.

Click here for our 2019/2020 prospectus.


Teacher training is more diverse than it was even five years ago; there are many routes and many providers, but this gives you a greater opportunity to find a course and provider that is more bespoke and personalised to your own needs.  Just as there is no one route into teaching there is no one standard applicant for Teacher Training.  Our current Teamworks’ trainees come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, from trainees who are have started straight after completing their first degree to those who are making a career change in their 40’s and 50’s.  We have trainees who have worked extensively in schools prior to beginning the programme and those who had only completed short periods of volunteering.  The thing they all have in common is a desire to make a difference for children, on a training programme based from day one in schools.

Training With AA Teamworks? Two Case Studies: Joe and Rosanna


Joe’s Story

Previously I’ve studied Sport and Exercise Science.  I’d always had teaching at the back of mind but I wasn’t 100% sure, so decided to work in a school before finally deciding.  I took a job as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school and I loved it.  When I did some work on primary PE with the sports co-ordinator I realised that I wanted to work with younger children and teach across the curriculum.  I did a short block of volunteering in a primary school to make sure and then I applied.  I really wanted to learn whilst being part of a school staff, and the record of trainees being employed after training in the SCITT schools was high, so I applied to Teamworks.

I’m absolutely loving my training.  I’ve met lots of like-minded people, and already made some good friends. We have really approachable mentors who are passionate and knowledgeable about their work. 

My top tips for applicants: give yourself plenty of time to sort out your application and to prepare for interview; make sure you do your research; read the National Curriculum orders and talk to people in the profession. Make a difference, good luck!


Rosanna’s Story

I studied English at university and wanted to travel at the end of my course.  I went to China and spent a year in Beijing teaching in an international primary school.  This was when I knew I wanted to teach as a career.  I came back to the UK and built up my experience by working in two schools, one mainstream and the other a special school.

I found that I learned so much by being in the classroom watching and working with teachers, so that’s why I chose a school centred initial teacher training route.  I did some research and spoke to former trainees from various routes.  Teamworks was recommended by a friend and this helped make my mind up

I’m really enjoying my training this year; it is quite intense but all interesting and I’m learning a lot.

My top tips for potential applicants are: do your research to make sure you know who you want to apply to; get some interview preparation, think about possible questions.  Also, the skills tests are harder than you think!  Get some practice in as early as possible.

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