Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Selby High School is committed to initial teacher training, as it contributes significantly to the quality of education for all our students and the provision of outstanding teachers for the future.

The ITT Core Content Framework states ‘the quality of teaching is the single most important in-school factor in improving outcomes for pupils – and it is particularly important for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. No one is born a great teacher. Great teachers continuously improve over time, benefitting from the mentoring of expert colleagues and a structured introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching.’

We liaise with our training providers to deliver a high standard of initial teacher training to ITT students placed with us. Our ITT students are given an immersive teaching experience in school, as well as high quality mentoring and coaching, and equipment to support them through their placements. A number of ITT students stay at Selby High School after they have qualified and continue their careers in our school.

A former ITT student and now science teacher said:

The positive experience I had as an ITT student encouraged me to apply for a teaching job at Selby High School.  It's very clear as soon as you step inside Selby High that the students are right at the heart of everything the school does.  This support extends to ITT students - I was made to feel part of the team from day one.  Even during a COVID lockdown environment, staff were available for advice whenever I needed it and there were words and smiles of encouragement at every turn.  My experience of the supportive environment at Selby definitely shaped my views on the type of school I wanted to work in as an ECT.  

We work in partnership with a small group of ITT providers. In previous years, we have taken placement students from: the University of York, Ebor Hope Teaching Schools Alliance, the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT, and Leeds Beckett University.

If you are interested in training to become a teacher, go to the website and review your options at

If you are interested in developing an ITT partnership with us, then please contact Rebecca Harwood at