Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about training with Red Kite.

If your query is not answered below please contact us on or 01423 535646

You will spend the majority of your time in placement schools.

In 2018/19, the taught professional development programme for Primary Trainees is as follows: 8 days at the University of Leeds, 4 days at Harrogate Grammar School and 16 days at either Temple Learning Academy or Lawnswood School in Leeds.

In 2018/19, the taught professional development programme for Secondary Trainees is as follows: 8 days at the University of Leeds, 2 days at Harrogate Grammar School and 13 days in a combination of Lawnswood School, Temple Learning Academy, Harrogate Grammar School and South Craven School, Crosshills. All venues have dedicated training rooms. In addition, they will spend 7 days in the school where their SCITT Subject Leader teaches (12 days for Science).

While you will be part of the teaching team from day one, we will not expect you to teach a class straight away. You will start by observing classes then you will only start teaching once you feel comfortable and confident in your school.

When you accept a place with us, we ask for placement preferences. We also ask for information about your location, whether you have a car and other personal circumstances. We take all these factors into account when arranging placements. We cannot, however, guarantee a placement in any specific school.

We work hard to minimise travel whilst ensuring that we meet our statutory requirement to provide placements in two contrasting schools.

In addition to your two placement schools, you will also be required to complete several ‘mini placements’ where you will spend a short period of time in a different partnership school. These will broaden your experience in a range of schools, focus on national priorities such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and behaviour management, whilst assisting you with making a decision on what type of school you would like to gain employment in.

Our SCITT and School Direct courses follow the same structure and content. The main difference is where you will be based for your placements and taught professional development days.

Our SCITT courses are available for Primary and Secondary. Placements and development days take place in some of our 60 partner schools across Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton. As mentioned above, we try to take into account your preferred placement school options.

Our School Direct courses are available for Primary only. Placements and development days will be in a group of Primary Schools across Leeds.

Our Hub Schools are partner schools who have the facilities required to deliver part of our taught professional development programmes.

We have at least 2 Hub Schools for each phase (Primary and Secondary) in different locations, to reduce travel time for as many of our Trainees as possible.

Our Primary Hubs are in North and East Leeds and our Secondary Hubs are in North Leeds, Harrogate and Cross Hills near Skipton.

Our course is extremely structured, and you will have support from your school Mentor, Initial Teacher Training Coordinator and your Red Kite Trainee Progress Leader.

The highly collaborative nature of our partnership means that there are strong relationships between schools,  providing additional support for transition between placements.

Yes, under normal circumstances we can offer school experience and encourage applicants to pursue this opportunity. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are unable to facilitate this at the present time.

Experience of working in a school is preferred and beneficial during the application process; it is also a great chance to see if a teaching training course is right for you.

We would advise you to complete at least five days of school experience in the age range you are looking to teach to get a good range of experience, although this is not essential.

It is always beneficial to include any other voluntary work or experience you have working with young people, such as sports coaching, group organisations such as Scouts, Guiding, or Performing Arts etc.

On successful completion of the academic assignments, you will receive a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the highly regarded School of Education at the University of Leeds.

Assessment by Red Kite will lead to your recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) *

* The title of this award (QTS) is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation. For the latest information, please visit the Department of Education website

If you are applying to train to teach in a secondary school, your degree should be relevant to the subject you want to teach, with the exception of Maths and Physics, where related A-levels at grade C and above will be considered.

All disciplines will be considered for Primary applications.

No. Irrespective of the age range you choose for your training course, your QTS qualification will  allow you to teach in any class in a primary school or in a school for children with special needs.

Yes. Unlike most other providers, we structure our fee policy so that you can pay in 10 monthly instalments of £925 from October to July, rather than termly instalments. Your payments to us will not start until after you receive your first bursary payment. This means you do not have to apply for a student finance loan. Even if you are not getting a bursary, you can opt to pay this way.

You will need to prove that your qualifications are equivalent to our entry requirements using UK NARIC. UK NARIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. You can access it here: We would also require certified translations of all qualifications.