There’s no more rewarding career than teaching.

As a primary teacher, you’ll prepare children for life – academically and emotionally. You’ll encourage them to be curious about the world around them, inspiring a love of learning and empowering them to reach their full potential.

At Red Kite, we offer two school-based primary routes that give you the experience and confidence to begin teaching as soon as you are qualified.

Our Primary School Direct and Primary SCITT courses are both based in our partner schools across West and North Yorkshire.

On successful completion 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.

In an incredibly challenging year due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, we saw an increase of 19% in the number of Red Kite Primary trainees securing their first jobs by July, in comparison to previous years. Of those employed, 88% are teaching within our region and almost half within our partnership of schools. 

Our Primary courses cover

Age 3-7
Age 5-11
Age 7-11
Age 5-11 Primary with SEND

Primary Course Structure

The main focus of the course is the in-school placement, which is where trainees spend the majority of their training year.

School placements are punctuated with University sessions, professional development training sessions, mini placements for enrichment in curriculum focus areas and subject knowledge and pedagogy training.

Subject knowledge is supported by expert colleagues from across the partnership of schools as well as sessions delivered by the University and curriculum hubs within our area. This includes the Computing hub, STEM learning hub, the English hub and the Maths Hub.

Entry Criteria

Applicants should be qualified to degree level, ideally a 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a 2:2 or above as a predicted grade).
All degree disciplines will be considered for Primary applications.
All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.
Primary applicants also need a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above in Science.

*or international equivalent

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is preferred and will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange school experience.

You must be eligible to study in the UK. We are unable to sponsor student route visas.