The Valley Learning Partnership School Direct Programme
‘The regular training that you get through the Valley Trust Partnership compliments the university-led sessions and, in my opinion, is second to none. It is led by knowledgeable, experienced and friendly staff and will help equip you with the teaching toolkit you need to develop into an outstanding teacher. You also get complimentary coffee and pastries!’
School Direct gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in school life immediately. It allows you to participate as an active and valuable member of our team and our community from day one!
As part of The Valley’s School Direct Programme you will work with a committed team of professionals and a student group that we feel proud to teach. You will also work alongside other PGCE trainees from our partner Universities, receiving high quality training, support and guidance both from the University teams and The Valley team. You will receive bespoke training and development through The Valley Learning Partnership as part of our School Direct Provision in a small, community based training provision.
All teacher training applications are made through the DfE Apply website. Applications open in September each year.
Visit our Secondary and Primary subjects below to find a direct link to our courses.
Biology (Bursary available)
Chemistry (Bursary available)
Computing (Bursary available)
Design Technology (Bursary available)
Geography (Bursary available)
Maths (Bursary available)
MFL (French/Spanish) (Bursary available)
Physics (Bursary available)
The Teacher Training Programme
As a small provider, our programme is bespoke and varied. You will divide your time between your placement school, the University and The Valley Learning Partnership. You will be supported throughout your journey by the Director of ITT, Janet Brierley and her team.
Valley Learning Partnership Training
You will learn alongside other trainees whilst attending training lead by The Valley Learning Partnership Team and our partnership school staff. These training sessions are designed to challenge and motivate you, whilst providing you with skills, knowledge and understanding to help you become the best teacher you can be.
You will spend a large proportion of your time in your main placement school. During your time in school you will work alongside a Subject Mentor and Host Teachers gaining practical experience and applying the knowledge you have gained on the course. Your placement will be divided into a short placement and a long placement to give you valuable experience of teaching in two contrasting school settings. We currently work alongside a number of local primary and secondary schools including Withinfields, Moorside, Savile Park, Brighouse High School, All Saints, Norristhorpe.
During your time at University you will gain subject specific knowledge and knowledge of pedagogy. You will work alongside a network of other trainees which is invaluable. You will work towards your PGCE qualification with some modules being taught at Master level. The University will provide you with support and guidance via your Link Tutor.
Preparing to Teach
If you are considering teaching as a career, we can support you in your journey towards Initial Teacher Training and PGCE as follows:
This DfE initiative seeks to encourage those interested in finding out more about teaching STEM subjects (Physics, Maths, Computing & MFL). The programme runs for 3 weeks in June/July and a payment of £300 per week is made to those who have 100% attendance. The programme includes an introduction to teacher training and a timetable of experience in STEM subjects.
Internship Application Form
Taste of Teaching
The Taste of Teaching Event runs several times per year. This one-day event includes am introduction to teacher training and a timetable of experience in your chosen subject.
The Valley Learning Partnership works in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and Leeds Trinity University. Our partner universities offer a fantastic opportunity combine university based-learning, in-school experience and Valley Learning Partnership learning.