*** Applications for a September 2018 start (Secondary or Primary QTS ITT route) open via UCAS mid-October 2017 ***

*** Applications for the Assessment Only route are now OPEN ***

Don’t just take our word for it: see what our applicants, trainees, alumni, schools and Ofsted say about what we do!

"The interview was great: I was put at ease and really felt welcomed."
2017 Cohort applicant

"Really enjoyed the first two weeks, particularly teacher persona. This assisted me in delivering first few lessons. From the course, I understand what makes an outstanding teacher, I now intend working towards this over the next year."
2016 Cohort current trainee at the end of induction

"Excellent to have this induction before placement as I feel better prepared to observe and take the most from shadowing a teacher. Better understanding of what is happening in the lesson and how it relates to me."
2016 Cohort current trainee at the end of induction

"Thoroughly enjoyed my year on the course, really enjoyed my time in both schools. The enhanced placements were really useful and allowed me to see which type of school I wanted to be in."
2015 Cohort alumnus

"Support excellent within the Programme. Placement mentors very experienced helpful and supportive. Hands on training invaluable."
2015 Cohort Alumnus

"Fantastic support… excellent support. Outstanding Friday sessions… [and building a] personal portfolio reflecting on what sort of person you are."
2015 Cohort Alumnus

"A range of excellent academic support. Excellent support from a pastoral point of view. Fantastic support from [mentors]."
2015 Cohort Alumnus

"Both placements have provided excellent [Subject Knowledge Enhancement]. Support and guidance is excellent."
2015 Cohort Alumnus

"This is the best organised teacher training programme that we work with."
Lead Mentor, Partner School

"The [YTCA SCITT] trainees that we’ve employed have set the bar for what we expect from NQTs."
Headteacher, YTCA SCITT NQT employing school

From Ofsted:

The YTCA SCITT had its first OFSTED inspection in 2016 (Stage 1 in June 2016; Stage 2 in November 2016). The YTCA SCITT was deemed ‘good’ across the board, with the report highlighting the ways in which we are already working towards ‘outstanding’.

In particular, Ofsted highlighted the following strengths.

The key strengths of the secondary partnership are:

  • Leaders’ and governors’ well-articulated ambition to provide high-quality training to contribute to the supply of good teachers in secondary schools
  • Consistently high employment rates – the vast majority of trainees find employment in the region and half of trainees in 2016 found employment in partnership schools
  • High completion rates which reflect the overall effectiveness of the training programme
  • The appointment of the current executive lead, whose direction has led to improvement in trainees’ attainment against the teachers’ standards. The proportion of trainees awarded good and outstanding for individual standards increased in 2016
  • Clear documentation and sharp quality assurance which provide a coherent training pathway that supports mentors and trainees alike
  • Trainees who are reflective and respond positively to advice
  • Much of trainees’ teaching is good and some is outstanding. Overall, trainees and NQTs are well prepared to teach and have particular strengths in managing behaviour and forming positive relationships with pupils

You can read the full report from our most recent Ofsted inspection (2016) here: YTCA SCITT Ofsted Report

Contact Rebecca Turner-Loisel (Executive Lead)
Phone: 01977 657604
Address: Training and Conference Centre, Minsthorpe Community College, Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall WF9 2UJ