The first trainee teachers who followed the new route into teaching have stepped over the threshold of their schools.
School Direct is school-led, allowing schools to request places directly from the National College of Teaching and Leadership, recruit and select trainees and to choose their accredited providers, usually local universities.
The TRISIS group which includes Brighouse, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and Rastrick high schools as well as local primary schools prides itself in its passion for teaching and learning and strives for excellence in every aspect of its work.
Last March, a promotional event was organised to fill their September places and was overwhelmed by the response.
More than 50 people who attended signing up expressing an interest in the places.
Gabby Troth was one of those people and she is now an English trainee.
“The organisation and dedication to TRISIS and the success of the School Direct programme was evident when I met staff and the whole concept of school based training of both TRISIS and Leeds Metropolitan University was extremely appealing.
“TRISIS offers a great support network. All three schools ensure that you are getting the best out of your placement and work hard to involve you within the school community.”
Nathan Hopwood is a maths trainee. He stumbled across the School Direct while researching.
“I discovered TRISIS was a three way partnership and it grabbed my attention - the opportunity for three schools to have an input in my training grabbed my attention.
“The support I have received so far has been brilliant.”