Pandemic and lockdown update

Despite the impact of the pandemic upon schools, School Direct is carrying on as normal. All interviews are taking place remotely and follow the same quality assurance processes as in previous years. School Direct trainees have been safely going in to schools since the first week of the September term and have been able to carry on with all aspects of their training and teaching.  Even from January 2021 Primary and Secondary trainees are still teaching students, either remotely or as part of a safe face to face Rota. This system of teaching and training will continue. Educating children and young people has been at the forefront of the adaptations and all trainee teachers have been able to progress towards meeting the teaching standards and gaining their PGCE and QTS qualifications. 

Please see the following to find out more about how trainee teachers have been able to adapt in their training year and please feel reassured that School Direct training will continue to safely meet the needs of all the trainees this year in gaining PGCE  /  QTS in June 201. The training programme for September 2021- 22 will also continue to be adapted if necessary to safely ensure that all trainees receive the highest quality ITT experience. 

YRTA – We’re Still Teaching!



The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance is a partnership of schools throughout West Yorkshire which offers high quality primary and secondary teacher training to graduates in a range of subjects. 

The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance prides itself on being an equal opportunities ITT provider committed to delivering personalised teacher training to all prospective teachers. We pride ourselves on supporting a diverse and inclusive range of trainees through an individual support package. This does not stop once trainees have become teachers – The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will follow on with advice, support and contact into the early stages of your teaching career to sustain resilience and well being to ensure that you become the best teacher possible. We are currently working with the Carnegie Centre for Excellence in Mental Health, based at Leeds Beckett University, to address the pressures of a career in teaching. The wellbeing programme is currently being designed for September 2018 to ensure that all trainees and teachers are supported and can also support the mental health of the students that they teach.

All schools in the Alliance pride themselves on ‘growing their own’ and currently a significant proportion of the workforce trained in their current schools, either through School Direct, Salaried School Direct or the traditional PGCE route. Of these, a sizeable majority are promoted point holders, up to and including Senior Leadership level. This year we are working with Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University on this innovative, exciting and high quality approach to Initial Teacher Training. Through it, graduates apply directly to schools to undertake their training as a teacher. This year-long, school based programme is devised and delivered by our Alliance schools and our partner higher education institutions.

We are currently in our ninth year of recruitment, offering school direct training places for 2021 – 22 across 14 subjects and 13 local schools.

In 2018-19 all the School Direct trainees became qualified teachers graded as either outstanding or good. 75% of the primary trainees were graded as outstanding, as well all the Art, MFL and History trainees. 

For more information on becoming part of our Trainee Team contact Emma Rodrigues and Rebecca Sokol through our Contact Us page or through direct email: