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Inital Teacher Training (ITT)

Shanidar—West Yorkshire, is an innovative School Direct programme for initial teacher training.  


We aim to recruit a cohort of 20 trainees, on a Primary with SEN course. This course is suitable for those wanting to work in either mainstream primary or special schools.   Our partner Exceed SCITT awards QTS and Leeds Trinity University awards the PGCE.

Our programme offers 4 potential pathways:

  • Autism (communication and interaction);

  • Generic SEND (cognition and learning);

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH); and

  • Sensory (VI / HI).  

We aim to match our trainee teachers with a home school in our partnership that matches a particular interest in SEND and/or suits a geographical location where this is possible.  

Our ethos is to champion inclusive education for all pupils and challenge discrimination. If you have a passion for inclusive education and you're wanting to train to be a teacher to make a difference to children's life chances, there is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools. We can offer opportunities and experiences that very few providers can.

Our aim is to provide a programme of school-led Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with a focus on inclusion and SEND across mainstream and specialist settings.

Our schools

Our partnership of 17 schools all have a passion and commitment to providing excellent inclusive education.   We have 9 mainstream primaries and 8 special schools.   Shanidar – West Yorkshire is an amazing place to train and we feel privileged to represent so many Ofsted rated outstanding and good schools in the Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton areas who share our vision.


  • Beckfoot Hazelbeck

  • Bradford Central Pru

  • Co-op Academy Delius

  • Co-op Academy Southfield

  • Cottingley Village Primary (DSP- SEMH)

  • Crossley Hall Primary (DSP—Autism

  • Girlington Primary (ARC—HI)

  • Grove House Primary (ARC—VI)

  • Newby Primary

  • Swain House Primary (ARC—HI)


  • Beckfoot Phoenix Primary

  • Beechcliffe special 

  • Howarth Primary (DSP—Autism)

  • Ingrow Primary

  • Long Lee Primary (DSP—SEMH)



  • West SILC special school

  • Brooklands Special School

Course information

Entry Requirement 

  • Home Students 
  • A-C in GCSE Englihs & Maths
  • Honours degree with a minimum of 2:2 in any subject

How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS. Search for our School Direct Programme.
Shanidar-West Yorkshire Provider code: 2JY
PGCE (with SEN) Course Code: 39KY

Further information

For further details, please contact:

Rob Cameron ( - ITT Lead Mentor

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