Why Choose Us

Our Vision

KCSCITT trainees complete their training fully prepared for the reality of the classroom and ready to make a positive contribution to the teaching profession and pupil outcomes, having been supported by a professional family

Our placements

Trainees benefit from experienced school mentors, supporting you on a daily basis running alongside highly regarded tutors and core team ensuring your training is positive and successful. Trainees are placed in a range of local schools ensuring a real diverse mix, catering for trainees as far as location, strengths, needs and skills.

Click here to view the map of a selection of schools trainees have had placements in whilst training with us (please note this map is not exhaustive of all placements, just a selection).

Gill Hood

Gill Hood – SCITT Director

Gill has been in the teaching profession for over 30 years. Her progression has been from teacher to Director of Specialism/Senior Management in schools across Kirklees. She has been involved with ITT since 2003 in a variety of roles from visiting tutor for the Kirklees Graduate Teacher Programme to becoming the Secondary lead in the inaugural year of becoming the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT. In 2016, she became the Partnership Manager and continues to develop this highly regarded expanding partnership.

Gill has achieved the NASBTT certificate in the leadership of School-Led provision after attending the Level 3 and Level 4 Teacher Educator Programme through NASBTT (National Association for School-based Teacher Trainers). We are one of only two SCITT’s in the country to have this accreditation.


Dawn Newton

Dawn Newton – Secondary Lead

Dawn graduated from Leeds Polytechnic in 1988 and retired from full time teaching in 2019. Dawn has over 30 years of experience teaching full time across four different schools in Kirklees and the East Riding.

Most of her teaching career has been at Heckmondwike Grammar School, a selective 11-18 Academy in West Yorkshire. She has a wealth of experience in leading others; having been a successful Head of Department, ITE and NQT coordinator and SLE.

She has been involved in the SCITT as a School Co-ordinator and Tutor and became the Secondary Lead in September 2019.

Claire M

Claire Minogue – Primary Lead

Claire has been involved in Primary education for nearly 30 years. This has involved working as a Teacher, and Senior Leader in Primary schools in London, Wakefield and Kirklees, she is currently the Executive Headteacher of a Federation of three small schools. Before undertaking headship, Claire worked for the Local Authority for seven years as a Maths Consultant completing an MA in Early Mathematics whilst in this role.

She has been involved in the SCITT as a School Co-ordinator and Tutor since 2014 and became the Primary Lead in September 2020.

Cathy Scott

Cathy Scott – Business Manager

Cathy has worked for the SCITT for over 10 years, providing the management of the operational and financial aspects of the course.

She is your first point of contact and is the conduit to all the Partner Schools and colleagues. Cathy has a BSc Psychology from the University of York and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Huddersfield.

Cathy was recently shortlisted for the ‘Administrator of the Year’ at the NASBTT Awards 2019 and got down to the final three.

What do people say about us?

Listen to what our trainees say about us on our website under testimonials. Many of our past trainees are still known to us, pursuing successful careers locally. Many make rapid progress through their careers and hold positions of responsibility, some returning as mentors for trainees, fully understanding the journey you will be undertaking. Headteachers often contact us about employment.

Our external moderation report (2019) said…trainees praised the dedication and responsiveness of the SCITT central team – …. “they are on it”; they clearly value and appreciate the care shown towards them and the commitment to maintaining good lines of communication …


We have trained over 650 teachers since 2003, rated ‘Good’ from Ofsted in 2015. We pride ourselves on providing training and support of the highest quality.

Since our last OFSTED inspection, we have implemented and embedded several initiatives;

– Workload reduction in assessment
– Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
– Extended links with further schools for placements
– Increased School Direct partners

We look after our trainees

Our programme effectively begins from the moment you engage with us. We will guide you every step of the way from application to the completion of your first year of employment and beyond.

We take trainee welfare extremely seriously and within our programme consideration is given to workload and well-being, which is embedded into our programme. We have introduced a Mental Health and Wellbeing programme to support our trainees through their training in terms of Employee Healthcare, Mindfulness, peer and Mental First Aid support sessions and a whole dedicated conference for trainee teachers on their own Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Our training enables us to deal with and remove barriers to learning. We have supported many trainees with a range of learning and physical needs and again have examples of trainees who have chosen to discuss these with us and have barriers removed to enable them to complete their teacher training.

We provide a free DBS check for you for your training year – you don’t have to pay for this yourself


Click here to read a selection of our policies. A full list will be available for enrolled trainees.

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