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Initial teacher training (ITT) and recruitment

Accredited school-led initial teacher training providers in Bradford train the next generation of teachers. SCITTs (school centred initial teacher training) deliver their own programmes and support their School Direct partnerships.

Some SCITTs from outside of Bradford operate within city, as do some School Direct partnerships linked to SCITTS and universities. The list of providers, below, is not an exhaustive list: these are the Bradford-based SCITTs and School Direct partnerships. Some providers offer early years, primary, secondary, and/or SEND training pathways.

Further information on ITT in Bradford is available via Bradford for Teaching.


Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance, led by St Edmund’s Nursery School and Childrens’ Centre, offers primary and secondary programmes. It is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Exceed SCITT

Exceed SCITT, led by Exceed Academies Trust, offers primary programmes in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds and a specialist Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) programme with Shanidar Teaching School Alliance. It is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Northern Lights SCITT

Northern Lights SCITT, led by Skipton Girls’ High School, offers primary and secondary programmes. It is rated as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ for leadership by Ofsted.


School Direct

Beckfoot School Direct Partnership

Belle Vue Girls Academy

Bingley Grammar School

Chellow Heights School

Dixons Academies Trust

Exceed Partnership

Ilkley and All Saints Teacher Training Partnership

St Edmund's Nursery School and Children's Centre

Shanidar School Direct

The Catholic School Partnership

Recruiting further education (FE) teachers from overseas

Department for Education (DfE) guidance