Personalised high-quality initial teacher training in Bradford

Shanidar School Direct

The Bradford Primary with SEND Programme: 5-11 (Shanidar School Direct)

Shanidar School Direct works in partnership with Exceed SCITT. Shanidar School Direct is a group of fourteen schools across Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton. Eight mainstream schools and six special schools. The lead school, Southfield Special School is located close to the city centre of Bradford.  All schools are part of Shanidar Teaching School Alliance. Shanidar School Direct is proud of all the schools in its partnership. If you choose to train with them you will gain experience of a range of schools in the partnership. We can tell you more during our free local briefing events. You can review the schools in the partnership here.

Your dedicated training sessions are provided within the Bradford hub, led by Exceed SCITT and Partnership and supported by Shanidar School Direct.

There is a strong commitment to inclusion and the Bradford Primary with SEND 5-11 programme will give you opportunity to train in mainstream settings with opportunity to pursue a specialism in SEND should they choose. Four potential pathways to choose from are:

  • Autism (communication and interaction);
  • Generic SEND (cognition and learning);
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH); and
  • Sensory (VI / HI).
The training places available

Shanidar School Direct offer the tuition fee funded route in the 5-11 age range leading to QTS and a PGCE.

For more details of the Primary with SEND programme click here.


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