At Red Kite Teacher Training, we are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people.

Our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Secondary Course is a one year course based in one of our 15 partner schools across Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.

While you will be in school from day one, our individual approach to each Trainees progress means you will only begin to teach when you and your progress leader feel you are ready.

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

Download our 2019/20 Prospectus

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.


Our school placements take place in 15 schools across Leeds, Harrogate and South Craven. All trainees undertake two main placements of approximately 60 days each.

The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until January. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from February until late June. Trainees will also take part in four mini placements, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.

When allocating main placements, we take into account trainee preferences, transport and location.

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.

Trainee Progress Leader

You will have a Trainee Progress Leader who will be there to support you at each stage of the course. You will see your progress leader regularly at Red Kite Professional Development days, they will visit you in your placements schools and be available by telephone and email to offer you individual support at other times.

University of Leeds

You will spend 8 days at the world class School of Education at the University of Leeds. The taught sessions, led by leading educational researchers will support you to develop an evidence-based approach to teaching, helping you to reflect on what works and why. You will complete 4 assignments leading to 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.