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Join our family of schools and become part of something more. APPLY opens on 4th October 2022 for programmes starting in September 2023.

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Tykes Teaching Alliance will endeavour to continue to help support and lead a sector led system of school improvement with a view to ensure that the children of Barnsley and beyond receive an outstanding education.

We will achieve this by:

  • Ensuring that all young people within our schools are awarded with the best possible opportunities and support to achieve their full potential.
  • Creating a collaborative approach to a self-sustaining school led system based on honesty and trust.
  • Hosting a pathway for teachers and our school community from pre-qualification to system leadership that will provide personalised continuous professional development (CPD) and learning opportunities.
  • Offering all school-based professionals CPD with a collaborative learning focus and joint practice development.
  • Providing opportunities, both individually and collectively, for leadership development within the alliance in order to create a sustainable approach to succession planning.
  • Enabling all staff to enjoy their chosen careers and to grow and develop in a nurturing, caring environment.

Together, Barnsley schools become part of something more…

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Explore Training to Teach With Us

Our promise to all our trainees is to deliver progressive school direct teacher training with support, guidance and professional development opportunities.

From the outset, dedicated, experienced mentors and staff within our family of schools welcome you and support you as a member of our school community.

Our team is committed to providing the very best training at the start and throughout your teaching year. They will drive, guide and develop you to prepare you to enter into the teaching profession.


Entry requirements for the courses are a 2:2 degree, along with GCSE maths, English and science (for primary) at grade C/4 or equivalent.

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers are expected to make an assessment of English and maths knowledge of a trainee before QTS is awarded.

The application window for the September 2023/2024 cohort will open via APPLY on 4th October 2022.

Please contact our team to find out more about your training options.

Click on the APPLY link to apply.


Tykes TA training is fun, innovative and exciting. Training with us will enable you to fulfil your ambition in becoming a future teacher.

From the amazing things you will experience and the day to day things that you will learn, you will certainly have structure and a supportive ‘family’ around you to progress.

School based learning is bespoke to all our individual trainees. You will have an experienced mentor to encourage and guide you throughout your training. You will also have additional support colleagues within your host school as well as tutors from SHU.

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) deliver taught training sessions to ensure trainees are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession. The programme covered is innovative and relevant to the current climate and needs of the local region.

Our family of schools provides many opportunities for sharing excellent practice. Help and support is always at hand whenever you need it.


You are safe hands, is our philosophy for all trainees. We foster a nurturing approach to all trainees and provide everything that you need to be the very best that you can be.

Our guiding principle is to support, nurture and grow trainees throughout the alliance.

We champion equality and opportunity for all and we host inclusive working environments for everyone.

At Tykes TA, we pride ourselves on a holistic support for trainees where the wellbeing of individuals is at the heart of working together. We care.



Graduating the programme means the award of QTS/PGCE qualifications (60 credits at Masters Level).

Upon graduation, Tykes TA offers all graduates support to gain employment.

95% of our trainees succeed to secure employment as ECTs before or after graduation.

We are a registered Appropriate Body for Early Careers Teachers (ECTs), therefore we can continue to support you throughout your first year of teaching and beyond.

We provide an extensive portfolio of career pathways that are available to every teacher starting their journey with Tykes TA.

We promote a breadth of continuous professional development courses, Early Career Teachers, Middle and Senior Leader training and National Qualification programmes.


Initial Teacher Training trainees have gained Qualified Teacher Status through Tykes TA over the last 3 years. We have a 100% pass rate!


Early Careers Teachers have successfully passed their Induction with the support of Tykes TA over the last 3 years. We have a 100% pass rate!


Barnsley Schools have connected with Tykes TA over the last 3 years to access services such as evidenced based CPD and/or bespoke School to School Support.


Schools across the wider region have utilised the services of Tykes TA over the last 3 years.

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