My review of the Autumn Fair – Teacher training options

Fair TeachingFiaza Boota is a 2nd year History student and is one of this year’s History Interns, focusing on the Teaching sector. She attended the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair on Monday 12th October and spoke to many of the teacher training providers there.  She’s kindly written up her findings which will be particularly useful if you did not get a chance to attend yourself.

The Graduate Fair took place on Monday this week and it provided students the chance to interact with over 120 different organisations. It was useful for those who had no idea about which career they may want to advance in and also for those who were keen to talk to a representative of a company they want to work in.

I went in as a second year History student who wants to become a teacher. Going around the fair made me realise that there are hundreds of opportunities that are available to History – and other – students, here at the University of Leeds. The aim of this review is to provide those who you who didn’t get the chance to go to the Fair to gain access to information about the organisations which represented the Education sector.

Careers Centre

The Careers Centre had their own stand at the fair and they were promoting ‘The Leeds Internship Programme’. The Leeds Internship Programme provides University of Leeds students the opportunity to apply for summer internships, graduate internships and 12 month undergraduate internships. This is a great chance to earn some money and develop key transferable skills such as: team-work, time management, leadership and communication. To get notifications of vacant internships please register yourself by visiting: You can also like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @LeedsUniCareers.


TeachFirst are an organisation which provides teacher training through their unique two year Leadership Development programme. The programme combines teacher training with a PGCE and also concentrates on developing participant’s leadership skills. TeachFirst’s Leadership Programme is valued amongst employers, so if you decide that teaching is not for you after completing the programme, then it still is a useful qualification to have. TeachFirst has an upcoming presentation regarding their programme on Tuesday 20th October in the Riley Smith Lecture Theatre at 6pm.  To book your place at the presentation, sign up on their website. Hope to see you there!

School Direct

At the fair, I also talked to representatives from different School Direct providers. They all emphasised the need for having work experience before applying. So my top tip is: gain work experience in a learning environment, so that you understand what it is like to teach before you apply.

The first School Direct provider I met was Arc. They are a partnership of 4 schools who are in association with Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University. Arc provides participants with both a QTS and a PGCE through their training. For more information about their programme you can visit their website: or you could call them on: 01423 885814.

Another School Direct provider is Academies Enterprise Trust.  This teaching alliance is a partnership of 18 schools and universities who provide Initial Teacher Training. The programme they offer combines both practical work in the school setting with theoretical understanding of teaching. The programme will allow participants to gain a QTS and a PGCE. To find out more information about the scheme please visit their website: Or you can also contact Maddie Porter on 08454530163 and email her at:

The last School Direct provider I met was Ark Teacher Training. This programme also provides students the opportunity to gain a QTS with a PGCE. Ark has partnership with schools in Birmingham. London, Hastings and Portsmouth. Furthermore, 100% of their teacher trainees secured a job in the education sector after graduating from the programme. That is a great achievement in my eyes. To find out more information about their scheme please visit Or you could contact them at 02031166353 and

Other School Direct providers at the Fair (who I didn’t get a chance to speak to) were:

Other Training Providers

Below are some other training providers who were at the Fair, but who I did not get a chance to speak to on the day.

Universities – PGCE Providers

School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

HART of Yorkshire SCITT

Other opportunities

If you want to combine your leadership and managerial skills with teaching and education then Explore Learning is for you! This is an organisation provides Graduates with an opportunity to run a tuition centre as part of a management team. They also recruit part-time tutors which can be a great way to develop experience for future teacher training. To find out more visit You could also like their Facebook page


All in all, I felt the Graduate Fair was a success. Not only do students get a chance to talk to representatives about their careers they also get to ask vital questions about the application process. Furthermore, some organisations provide training programmes and internships for undergraduate students. Therefore, the Graduate Fair could help you to gain vital work experience. I would recommend everyone to go to the next one, as it is never too early to start thinking about your career.

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