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Get into Teaching


Get into Teaching with Josie Thirkell Institute of Education, proud partner of Wellspring Academy Trust.

Why us?

Because great teaching is based on great relationships. Our training will enable you to flourish and bloom as a teacher. We are here for you at the start of your career – and we are there to support and develop you afterwards. You will learn in our wonderful schools – primary, secondary and special schools across South Yorkshire and beyond. Your career opportunities beyond initial training are wide and varied – and we will support you in achieving your ambitions. We understand great teaching and learning and truly believe in making a difference.

Why you?

You may be at the start of your career – or you may be considering a career change. You will be committed to your own development and ready for a challenge! Above all, you will want to make a difference in the lives of children and young people. We work in partnership with two Universities and two School Centered Teacher Training providers across the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region; Bishop Grosseteste University based in Lincolnshire (BGU) and Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire (SHU) and Exceed SCITT within West Yorkshire and East of England SCITT across Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. We offer placements in Primary, Secondary and Special school settings across six different Local Authorities. As a School Direct trainee, you will become part of the team allowing you to train alongside experienced and specialist teachers, offering you support and guidance throughout your training year.


For unsalaried places, there are different types of funding options available:

  • You could be entitled to a bursary depending on which subject you are applying for and the class of your degree.
  • Tuition Fee loans and maintenance loans are also available. You could also receive additional funding support if you’re a parent or have a disability.
  • As an unsalaried trainee, you would be required to cover your student fees.

Am I eligible?

In order to be eligible for the programme you would need to hold the following qualifications:

  • At least a Grade C/Level 4 in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.
  • For Primary you would also require at least a Grade C/Level 4 in GCSE Science or equivalent.
  • A Degree at a 2:2 or above, preferably in the subject you wish to apply for.

Interview Process

When you apply on UCAS, your application will go through an initial sifting process. If your application makes it through the initial sift, you will be formally invited to an interview in one of our School Direct partner schools.

We aim to interview in the school that is looking to place a trainee, however, this cannot be guaranteed.

The interview will consist of a range of tasks designed to test your knowledge and skills to become an effective teacher.

During the interview, you will be assessed by a panel that may include representatives from Positive Regard TSA, the University and Senior Leaders from our partner schools.

All information regarding the interview will be sent to you within an invite letter before your interview takes place.

How do I apply?

Applications for teacher training are submitted through the DfE Find tool. For your application, you will require:

  • Your qualifications
  • A personal statement
  • Previous employment
  • Two references.

Recruitment for the 2022/23 programme will open on Tuesday 12th October.

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