Providers of initial teacher training (ITT)

There are 3 providers of initial teacher training (ITT) in Sheffield who are accredited by the Government’s National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to train teachers:

  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University (who operate the Sheffield Institute of Education)
  • Sheffield SCITT

In addition, national provider Teach First operate in Sheffield.

In addition to running their own courses, these providers can also accredit the school-led teacher training School Direct courses of the city's National Teaching School Alliances and other School Direct lead schools.

Learn Sheffield is the schools’ owned company that has the delegated school improvement role on our behalf.

Available courses

Most teachers train on postgraduate one-year training courses for which tuition fees must be paid.

A small number of teachers are trained on undergraduate degree courses or the employment-based (salaried) courses of Teach First and School Direct Salaried.

Many postgraduate training courses come with significant financial incentives paid by NCTL - to see the current offer and check your eligibility visit Get into Teaching where general and personalised support and advice about teacher training on all routes is available.

The city's ITT providers train many of the teachers who go on to work in our schools so they all work in partnership with local schools who are committed to ITT as a route to shaping and recruiting talented new teachers.

All routes blend theory with classroom experience and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and many also offer additional academic qualifications on top of QTS.

The city schools see recruiting talented graduates into teaching as one of the key strategies for improving the outcomes for young people and boosting the local economy by providing a better educated workforce.

Applying for courses

Search for a teacher training course (UCAS).

The recruitment season starts in autumn annually running through to the following summer.

Popular courses are full by New Year so prompt applications in November are advised.

To be a teacher you must have, by the start of the course, a relevant degree and grade C GCSE in Maths and English (plus Science for primary).

Before commencing training applicants must pass national literacy and numeracy skills assessments.