Exceed Partnership
Primary (33HK)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Exceed SCITT
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

You'll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Exceed SCITT and the option to undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Leeds Trinity University. Salaried SCITT Teachers are trained in exactly the same way as other trainees on the programme, however you are employed on the Unqualified Teacher scale of pay and your fees for QTS are also paid by the school. You need to self fund for the PGCE aspect of the programme.

As an Exceed SCITT Teacher you will be part of its vision and values. They are based upon 3 key words;

Inspire . Care . Excel .

-Providing the opportunity to work in the most exciting, innovative and forward thinking schools across West Yorkshire

-Inspirational training for aspirational teachers and a genuine commitment to professional learning and evidence based practice through its Teaching schools

-Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and trainees at the core of our care

Our unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course. Our programme design is innovative, with 3 clear strands: The National Curriculum, so that you develop strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress. Professional Practice, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children in your class. Your personal well-being is also important to us so the programme includes mindfulness, positive psychology and developing resilience.

Bradford is a diverse city that will provide you with a fantastic wealth of experiences for starting your career. Take a look at our video:

www.teachertrainingbradford.com and you can visit us on our twitter page @ExceedSCITT.

Wanting to train to be a teacher to make a difference to children’s life chances? There is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools. We offer you opportunities that very few providers can. Our partnership of schools is an amazing place to train.

Exceed Teaching Schools Alliance, Bradford, is led by two outstanding schools - Copthorne Primary and Horton Grange Primary. The Exceed partnership consists of schools working together to support each other, including training new teachers to potentially employ in our partner nursery, primary and special schools. These schools also offer School Direct places with a view to employing you in the future.

Interview process

Make sure that your application is clear and grammatically accurate. We are looking for your potential as a trainee teacher, not for someone who is already an experienced teacher. In your personal statement you might want to cover the following aspects, which we offer as a guide only.

Your reason for wanting to teach, why primary? Which phase of learning are you most interested in, e.g. EYFS, KS1 or KS2.

Your vision for education and your commitment to young people in Bradford and Keighley. What was your 'wow moment' when you knew teaching was the career for you? Any other relevant and transferable skills/experiences that can be related to teaching.

You will be invited to interview at one of our partnership schools where you will be made very welcome. You will be given a tour of the school and an opportunity to talk to some of our NQTs or current SCITT Teachers training with us. This way you really can find out about our programme! You will have an opportunity to lead a short teaching episode based upon a children's book and a 30 minute individual interview. The interview would be your opportunity to demonstrate the transferrable skills that you have and would bring to the employing school.This way we really get to know you and you get the opportunity to find out how our partnership supports you to be the best teacher that you can be.

How school placements work

You are in school all the time. In fact even when you are working on the academic parts of the programme this is supported by a Tutor from Leeds Trinity who comes to one of our Bradford schools to work with you.

All of our 15 partnership schools are 100% committed to your training, so it really doesn't make a difference which schools will be your Home school (where you do the majority of your training) or your Host School (where you have an opportunity to broaden you experience). Geographically our schools are located very close to each other, which is then quite amazing that they are also very different from each other. You will select whether you want to specialise in 3-7 (Foundation Stage /Key Stage 1) or 5-11 (KS1 and 2). Although you will be trained in 2 different schools, the structure of the programme will enable you to get to know the whole partnership. This is because your training days are delivered by expert tutors who are also senior leaders within their schools and most of the training on Wednesdays and Thursdays takes place in their schools. Having an opportunity to see practice and meet children in a wide range of schools helps you to reflect on what is going to have the most impact upon your progress towards QTS.


The QTS programme will be paid by the employing school, as well as a salary on the unqualified teacher rate of pay. If you wish to undertake an internationally recognised qualification of a PGCE, then you will need to self fund. Leeds Trinity University is excellent in supporting students on how best to pay for this award via a series of payments. The total cost of the PGCE is £1,300. This is the only cost that you will need to budget for on the Salaried School Direct programme.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



We are happy to accept applications from candidates yet to complete their studies and will obtain a formal qualification later in the year.

Normally you need:

  • a 2:2 degree or above. (NB: A Masters qualification can uplift a 3rd Class Honours degree to a 2:2 to meet our entry requirements)
  • Level 4/GCSE grade C in English Language, maths and a science
  • In the case of GCSE-level qualifications, we accept equivalency testing. See: www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
  • Successfully complete the Professional Skills Tests
  • Non UK qualifications,check by NARIC (http://ecctis.co.uk/naric/)

Personal qualities

Remember that we really try to get to know you as an individual at the interview so that you feel at ease and can evidence the personal qualities that you bring to the programme. It is your personal qualities that will help to make a significant difference to the educational life chances of the pupils in our partnership of schools.

About the training provider

Thank you for considering Exceed SCITT to train to teach in Bradford and Keighley. We also recruit to our Leeds hub based at Westerton Primary Academy.

We aim to recruit 30 trainees on either a Primary 3-7 or 5-11 programme. We also have places for Salaried School Direct. We want to know all our trainees as individuals to ensure your training experience is bespoke and meets your needs.

Our programme is innovative and forward thinking, with 3 clear strands: The National Curriculum for strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress; Professional Practice, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children; Your personal well-being including mindfulness, positive psychology and managing workload.

Want to train and make a difference to children’s life chances? There is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools. We offer experiences that few providers can, such as experiencing schools in challenging socio economic circumstances and achieve outcomes well above national expectations. You'll undertake a residential visit to Barnard Castle to learn about working in smaller school settings.

Our partnership is an amazing place to train and committed to its vision and values; ‘providing inspirational training for aspirational teachers and a genuine commitment to professional learning and evidence based practice.’

-Bradford schools


Horton Grange

Horton Park



Crossley Hall

Miriam Lord


Cottingley Village

Stocks Lane






-Keighley Schools




About the accredited body

Exceed SCITT is part of Exceed Academies Trust in Bradford and is an accredited provider of Qualified Teacher Status working with School Direct partners in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds. Our unique programme maximises the time spent in school and access to tutors with up to date professional practice and expertise drawn from their work in schools. We have an excellent record of supporting trainees in completing the programme for QTS and gaining employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher; 100% are teachers in school (Sept 2018). We also have a well-established training programme for your NQT year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities.

Exceed SCITT places trainee welfare at the heart of its vision and values.

“Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and Exceed Teachers at the core of our care.”

You will have regular progress meetings that include trainee wellbeing and support to ensure you can access all aspects of the training programme. For example, additional time for tasks, contact with expert tutors on the programme who can provide guidance and strategies for any individual needs.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education is an academic award with 60 Masters Level credits and is awarded by Leeds Trinity University. As a student of the University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.

Contact details

01274 578606
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools
Copthorne Primary School
All Saints Road


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