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A Teaching School Alliance for Yorkshire and the Humber

We are the Green Light Teaching School Alliance – a partnership of schools and institutions sharing our skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve learning and achievement in schools across Yorkshire and the Humber. Browse the site to find out more about the alliance, our training and support and how you and your school can become part of a group that is ‘stronger together.


National Teaching School

The Green Light Alliance School Direct Programme

We have developed new, exciting, innovative programmes with The University of Cumbria to train the next generation of Primary and Secondary School teachers. All training is delivered on site in your placement school(s) by experienced GLTSA leaders, with support from the University. 

Our programmes last for one academic year (September - July), during which time you will undertake two school placements across our Teaching School Alliance and have opportunities to visit schools in other phases. You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by our Alliance Schools and University partners. Our ITT programmes have been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become a highly effective classroom practitioner.

On completion of your training you will be awarded a PGCE with QTS; the programmes are assessed at masters (M) level.

"Throughout my training, Shelley College and its partner schools  consistently enabled me to meet the challenges which new teachers  face in their NQT year. The whole course was practical and it was delivered by those who know the demands of the profession. The  training provided can be directly applied to everyday classroom situations.

Throughout the Course, I was given feedback which included realistic and achievable targets on a weekly basis from my mentors. The regularity of this feedback not only helped me to progress, it also gave me the necessary skills to self-assess my teaching which has subsequently proved immensely valuable.

I believe that I was extremely fortuitous to study with Shelley College and I would recommend the course to anyone who is looking at a career in teaching."


Mr D Sullivan, NQT


Why train with Green Light Teaching School Alliance

All of the schools in the Green Light Teaching School Alliance have a track record of excellent provision for young people and a strong commitment to developing outstanding future teaching professionals. Training with Green Light Teaching School Alliance offers trainees the opportunity to train in the South Leeds and Kirklees areas.

We have a successful track record of developing outstanding secondary teachers. There have been excellent rates of employability of the graduates within our alliance schools and elsewhere in the Yorkshire region and beyond.

  • A wide range of schools within the Alliance offering outstanding training and placements within varying contexts – inner city to rural
  • New innovative programmes
  • Masters level PGCE and QTS
  • Experienced subject knowledge experts both within the Alliance schools and partner universities
  • Mentors, coaches and tutors providing support throughout the programme with continuity across placements
  • Two block placements in contrasting schools
  • Placements and visits to other Alliance schools including schools from a different phase to the one in which you aim to teach
  • Working in association with the Chimp Management who have transferred many of the concepts developed to support Olympic athletes achieve their personal best to an educational setting.

More information about schools in the Green Light Teaching School Alliance can be found on the ‘Our Partners’ page