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Grow your teaching career with us

At Tykes, we provide professional personalised Initial Teacher Training. It is our aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers in South Yorkshire!

With a 100% pass rate over our last 4 cohorts, you’re in safe hands!

We are proud to work in partnership with our ITT accredited providers;

  • Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to deliver the School Direct route into teaching (3-7, 5-11 & 11-16 age ranges). SHU is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Leeds Trinity University (LTU) to deliver the Schools Direct route into teaching (11-16 age range). LTU is a well-established and widely respected higher education institution.
Initial Teacher Training Courses 2023 – 2024

Please click the link below that details our Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training options for 2023 – 2024.

Initial Teacher Training Courses


Entry requirements for our courses are:

  • University degree 2:2 or above
  • GCSE (or standard equivalent) grade C / 4 in English and maths – and a science subject for primary trainees

Check Your Eligibility

Funding Your Training


Primary Courses – Trainees are placed into one of our designated partner primary schools. Wherever possible, your school will be the nearest convenient to suit your needs.

Secondary Courses –  Trainees are placed in Horizon Community College, a large designated partner secondary school with exceptional facilities. The school is close to Junction 37 of the M1 motorway and near to Barnsley town centre.

Please visit the link below for further information about our secondary offer.

You will explore all aspects of school life and will instantly become part of your school community. This experience is invaluable, especially when applying for further employment. Support and guidance will be delivered throughout your training journey with us.

Our experienced team of practitioners are caring, understanding and knowledgable.

Bespoke training is fun, innovative and exciting.

Expert teachers deliver inspirational training via online webinars and practical sessions at our Tykes TA Training Centre in Dodworth, Barnsley.

Nurture and Support

We pride ourselves on a holistic support for trainees. We foster a supportive environment amongst all of our cohorts.

It is our priority that you feel safe and nurtured to grow and develop. Your wellbeing matters to us.

Our taught training sessions will ensure that you will be fully equipped to enter the teaching profession. Topics that are most relevant to the current climate and needs of the local region are covered and you will have access to many learning resources.

We work with small cohorts of trainees therefore, training is tailored to meet the needs of individual trainees.


Over the last 4 years, 100% of Tykes TA trainees have passed the course graded as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. A large cohort of our trainees have also secured NQT positions before the end of the course. Many of which have advanced their career within the alliance taking leadership roles.

As a designated Teaching Alliance, we are committed to providing the highest standard of education for the young people within our community.

Be inspired – Be a great teacher – Be happy.

Train to teach with us!

Tykes Teaching Alliance offers school based experience days. If you are interested in this opportunity to support your Initial Teacher Training application, please contact us for further information.

Useful Links

Sheffield Hallam University School Direct Information:

Leeds Trinity University Schools Direct Information:

School Direct partners – School-led route – Teacher training routes – Teaching – Study – Leeds Trinity University

Get Into Teaching Website: