Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Across BDAT and our academies we want to prioritise the support and development of our trainee teachers as we believe they are the future teachers and leaders of our Trust. We have made a commitment to invest our time and resource in making sure your first steps in to teaching provide you with the highest quality training within a supportive family of schools.

Why choose BDAT to train to teach?

  • We have partnerships with a range of carefully selected, successful and committed providers who share our ethos and will provide you with a great teacher training experience (see below).
  • We have a family of 17 committed and ambitious schools who understand your potential and are determined to help you succeed. On top of this each of our schools is unique so there really is a perfect school for you.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other ITT trainees working across the Trust giving you a support network from day one.
  • Finally, if you choose to stay with us following your ITT course (and we hope you do), you will be well placed and supported to find work as an NQT within our growing Trust.

ITT Information Evenings

BDAT are holding a number of Information Evenings throughout the year for anyone who is interested in a career in teaching. These events will advise you what the next steps are to beginning your teacher training, as well as support you in writing applications and gaining school experience.


  • Monday 19th October 2020 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 16th November 2020 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 14th December 2020 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 11th January 2021 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 8th February 2021 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 22nd March 2021 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 26th April 2021 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 31st May 2021 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Monday 5th July 2021 4.30 – 5.30pm

Register your interest

If you would be interested in attending one of our Information Evenings, please email We will then contact you with further information and guidance.

Meet our partner providers:

Birth to 19 SCITT

Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT is a truly school led route into both primary and secondary teaching, where the all of the course has been designed by practicing teachers. After your year’s training you be will recommend you for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and you will be awarded a PGCE.  They will support you through workshops into your first teaching post and have above national average rates for employment.

The SCITT training programme is delivered in many great schools throughout the Bradford area. You will be training by listening to and observing inspiring practitioners. You’ll get the opportunity to practise your skills in a safe and supportive classroom environment.  Click here for the Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT website


GORSE SCITT Bradford is new for 2019. They offer the full PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and full QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) over 1 year for secondary trainee teachers.  They come with a great track record – Gorse Leeds is the only “Outstanding” provider of secondary teacher training in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

GORSE have a successful track record of developing outstanding secondary school teachers. They have excellent rates of employability for graduates both within their alliance schools and also elsewhere in the Yorkshire region and beyond. BDAT secondary schools are committed partners within GORSE Bradford. Click here for the link to the GORSE SCITT website

Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University offer a range of Primary and Secondary University-led PGCEs. They are one-year, full-time courses structured in three stages to gradually build the confidence and knowledge you’ll need to become an outstanding teacher.

Leeds Trinity University was founded as a teacher training college in 1966. Over the years, they’ve diversified and expanded over the years to become one of the UK’s top ten universities for teaching quality and student experience, but an unwavering commitment to providing outstanding teacher training has remained at the very heart of Leeds Trinity. This has led to them developing a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected teacher training providers.

Teach First

The Teach First teacher training programme places you in the classroom, where you learn to teach and lead from the front. Unlike most  graduate schemes, you have real responsibility and make a difference from day one, which is why we are rated fourth in the Times Top 100 graduate employers list. The training takes two years but the benefits will last your whole career

You earn a salary while you train and gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE, worth double the credits of a PGCE). A host of opportunities are available to build relationships with our prestigious partners, who recognise the value of skills developed on our programme.

How to find out more?

If you have any questions or would like to register your interest email

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