Teacher Training

Why train with us?

At Rodillian we are committed to doing things differently – creating schools that students want to attend, and where teachers want to work. We have successfully transformed a number of academies across Yorkshire and in 2018, we were recognised as the highest performing group of schools in the country.

At Rodillian we raise aspiration levels for staff, students and schools by encouraging creativity in the classroom.  We believe that teachers should have the freedom to develop their own pedagogy as subject experts, and our programme will help you explore this using live research and proven methodologies.

Our nationally recognised behaviour system, allows teachers to concentrate on ensuring the best possible outcomes for our young people. When you train with us, the behaviour system in all your placement schools is the same, so you can concentrate on developing your practice.

Our offer

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust Training alliance are delighted to offer the opportunity to train through the School Direct initiative across a variety of secondary schools in Leeds, Wakefield and Selby. We believe in growing our own talented teaching leaders of the future, and investing in our staff through quality accredited programmes and coaching.

Working in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University we have developed an exciting one-year programme which will give you the opportunity to experience schools in a range of contexts, gaining a PGCE at the end of the year.

During the year you will benefit from expert mentor support in school and through the university. You will complete two placements in different schools, ensuring that you gain experience in delivering lessons across all Key Stages. While you are on placement, you will be treated as a full member of staff in all schools whilst being supported by expert mentors and like all our teachers you will have access to excellent professional development. During the year you will also complete training at university, and complete Masters-level assignments.

Our placement schools

Our schools, located in Leeds, Wakefield, Birkenshaw and Selby, are truly comprehensive, and will provide you with the opportunity to work with young people of all abilities and ages. We are currently offering placements at the following schools:

  • Rodillian Academy
  • BBG Academy
  • Featherstone Academy
  • Brayton Academy

Find out more about our schools.

Our courses

We currently have places available in the following subjects

Secondary 11 – 16 (in partnership with Leeds Trinity University)

  • Maths
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • History

Secondary 11 – 16 (in partnership with Leeds Beckett University)

  • PE
  • Art and Design

Entry requirements

We are looking for ambitious and committed trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject, and have a desire to share their enthusiasm with young people

You should be a graduate, preferably with a 2:2 plus degree. You should have a degree in which the majority of the content was in the chosen teaching subject. We will look carefully at all applications, and are happy to recommend successful candidates for a relevant Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course if appropriate.

You should also have GCSE grade 4 (C) passes (or equivalent)  in English language and Maths.


Trainees are funded through a student loan in the same way as first degrees. As with other courses fees can vary and depend on the HEI you select. There are some bursaries available for subjects with a shortage of teachers. Please follow the link below for more information about funding:


How to apply

You can apply directly on https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training

If you need more information please contact us on  schooldirect@rodillianacademy.co.uk

What our trainees say:

“The balance between time in school and at University was ideal. I felt that I was able to spend lots of time learning in the classroom”

“I was welcomed into the department from day one and everyone I encountered across the trust was really supportive and approachable”

“The support throughout the course was brilliant. It came in many forms, from my mentor and other class teachers to the senior leadership team”

“The positive behaviour system is easy to learn and allowed me to focus on teaching my subject”

“As soon as I set foot inside the school I felt part of it. Everyone made me feel so welcome throughout my PGCE”