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Josie Thirkell Institute of Education offers teacher training across the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region.

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We work...

We work in partnership with one University and two School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) providers across the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region:

  • Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire (SHU);
  • Exceed SCITT within West Yorkshire;
  • and Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training across Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

We offer...

We offer placements in Primary, Secondary and Special school settings across eight 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.

We are...

We are a values driven alliance and we believe relationships do make a difference.

Through School Direct, we recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning in our schools.


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

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 the Department for Education (DfE) website, your application will go through an initial screening process. If your application makes it through the initial screen, you will be formally invited to an interview in one of our School Direct 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:

Recruitment for the 2024/25 programme is now open.