93% of our 2019/20 trainees had secured their first teaching position for September by the middle of June, despite the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

As a secondary teacher, your role is to inspire a love of your subject, enabling each student to reach their full potential and thrive throughout the pivotal ages from 11 to 16 and beyond.

At Red Kite Teacher Training, we’re passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people. We’ll help you to become an exceptional teacher and specialist within your chosen subject at GCSE level, plus our post-16 enhancement will give you the knowledge you need to teach your subject at A’ Level.

Our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Secondary Course is a one-year course based in two of our 15 partner schools across Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton. Here you’ll work with inspirational teachers, who will show you how to teach your subject in school and to help students overcome their subject challenges.

On successful completion of your course, you will receive recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Red Kite Teacher Training and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Leeds.

Please note that our Part-Time Maths and Part-Time Computing courses are QTS-only. This is due to the extra subject-knowledge input and additional focus on practical teaching application.

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Early Induction

Taking place in early July, this is an opportunity to get to know your fellow Trainees and to find out more about your training year. You will be given the details of your first placement school so you can get in touch before the course starts. Former Red Kite Trainees will be available to chat to give you a chance to benefit from their experiences and advice.


You will be allocated two school placements for your training year. Both placements take place in contrasting Red Kite schools, to give you a breadth of experience, and will be carefully chosen based on your individual training needs.

In each school, you will join a programme of school-specific training, organised by the school’s ITT Co-ordinator. This is where the majority of your training and assessment will take place.

You’ll also take part in four mini-placements which focus on these specific aspects of teaching:

  • Behaviour management
  • Working with pupils where English is not their first language
  • Working with pupils with special educational needs or disabilities
  • Maximising pupil progress in your specialist subject

Red Kite Professional Development

Our high quality training programme models outstanding teaching and our pedagogical sessions will provide practical tools to support your developing teaching practice. You will also take part in subject specific professional development days to enhance you understanding of the curriculum, assessment and teaching strategies in your specialist area.

Support Throughout the Year

One of the benefits valued highly by our trainees is the huge amount of layered support we provide throughout the course:

  • Ongoing support from your placement class teachers, selected by Red Kite for their inspirational teaching styles – there’s no doubt that you’ll be learning from the very best.
  • Your personal Red Kite Trainee Progress Leader will be there to support you at each stage of the course. You’ll meet regularly at Red Kite Hub Days; they’ll visit you in your placement schools and are always available by telephone and email to offer support when you need it.
  • Your in-school Mentor will meet with you weekly to discuss your progress.
  • A weekly individual email from Red Kite will let you know what’s coming up, keeping you on-track.
  • During your three assignments, you’ll receive plenty of academic support from the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds

During your course, you’ll spend eight days at the University of Leeds. The sessions, led by leading educational researchers, will focus on the research evidence and theory behind key aspects of teaching practice and help you to prepare for three assignments that will lead to your PGCE award and 60 Masters Level Credits.


Visit our How to Apply page to find out more about our entry criteria, how to apply and funding.

If you are ready to apply, you must apply for all of our courses via UCAS Teacher Training. Click HERE to start your application. Find us using UCAS code 2B9.