Teacher Training - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Teacher Training

Why Train With Us…

The Diocese of Leeds BKCAT Alliance offers the opportunity to train to teach alongside serving outstanding teachers in a scheme overseen by St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College.

St Wilfrid’s was involved in School Direct in Partnership with Hallam TSA before expanding into a large School Direct partnership working with 16 schools across Primary and Secondary phases. Training with the Diocese of Leeds BKCAT Alliance can therefore be tailored to your needs and the type of school you are drawn to with experience available in a range of settings. All the schools are committed to playing a significant role in training up their own future teachers as part of this collaborative network.

St Wilfrid’s has a national reputation as an award winning school which makes it an ideal leader of our innovative approach to school based teacher training.

St Joseph’s Castleford, lead the primary aspect of the Diocese of Leeds BKCAT Alliance. They offer opportunities to train in an environment where teaching and learning are centered on the teaching and example of Jesus Christ in secure, well-ordered schools which allow for the spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth of the pupils.

Our Alliance Schools are mainly located in West Yorkshire around Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole. A full list of our partner schools can be seen below.


We work in partnership with Leeds Trinity University who accredit and co-deliver our course. The course is a blend of university and school based training and leads to a PGCE qualification QTS with 60 Master’s credits. Master’s modules can be completed in the ECT year and act as a bridge into further professional development.

Assessment is both summative and formative during each of three progressive stages, each taking place over a twelve week period. At the end of each stage you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence which is moderated and validated by school based and university based tutors for Quality Assurance.


We are pleased to say that some of our courses include Government Bursaries of up to £25,000 to help you train. This is on top of student loans which are available to pay the tuition fees of £9,250 and for EU/International students up to £12,500.

Follow this link to download the funding incentives document and visit:


For full details and to check eligibility

Trainer Provider Information


The Alliance does not provide any accommodation for trainees but we are happy to advise new comers to our communities about good places to live and put potential house sharers on the course in touch with each other if they wish.

Child Care Facilities

We have no onsite child care facilities but we are happy to advise trainees about local providers close to our schools, many of which are used by our existing staff.

Disability Access

Disabled access to our schools is good but we ask people to discuss their specific needs with us so we can place trainees at the most suitable school to meet their needs.

Public Transport

The schools in our Alliance are accessible by bus and train services locally. Please check our websites for specific details.

Schools in our Alliance:

Main Site Secondary:

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College, Featherstone… www.st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk

Contact: Ed Larrington tel: 01977 691000 email: elarrington@st-wilfrids.bkcat.uk

Secondary Schools in the Alliance:

St Thomas a Becket School, Wakefield… https://www.st-thomasabecket.bkcat.co.uk/

Holy Family Catholic High School, Goole… www.holyfamilycarlton.org

Main Site Primary:

St Joseph’s, Castleford… https://www.sjc.bkcat.co.uk/

Contact: Sarah Spencer (Headteacher) tel: 01977 555780 email: Sspencer@sjc.bkcat.co.uk

Primary Schools in the Alliance:

Holy Family & St Michael’s, Pontefract… https://www.hfsm.bkcat.co.uk/

St Joseph’s, Moorthorpe…  https://www.sjm.bkcat.co.uk/

St John’s, Normanton…  https://www.sjb.bkcat.co.uk/

Sacred Heart, Hemsworth…  https://www.sacredheart.bkcat.co.uk/

St Austins’, Wakefield…  https://www.sa.bkcat.co.uk/

St Benedict’s, Garforth…  https://www.sbcps.bkcat.co.uk/

English Martyrs’, Wakefield…  https://www.ems.bkcat.co.uk/

St Ignatius, Ossett…  https://stig.bkcat.co.uk/

St Joseph’s, Pontefract … https://www.sjm.bkcat.co.uk/

St Joseph’s, Goole … www.stjosephscatholicprimarygoole.co.uk

Study Facilities

Trainee teachers will have hub school study days where they will have access to the same facilities in their schools as qualified teachers as well as access to the staff professional development sessions happening for all school staff. They will also have web access to Leeds Trinity University’s Learning Platform for the PGCE and Master’s element of the course and most schools provide web access to their own Learning Platforms and Staff Intranets and email systems to enable working for home for planning lessons and assessing children’s work remotely.

Where to Find Us

The Diocese of Leeds BKCAT main site is located at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College in Featherstone, West Yorkshire. Directions to our Alliance schools can be found on each of their websites which are all linked from www.st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk.

Leeds Trinity University is located in Horsforth, Leeds, some of the course is delivered on campus and some is school based to be compliant with DFE ITE requirements.

Training Programme TitleTraining Programme Code
Religious Education2HNJ
Early Years PrimaryL985


Responding to initial Disclosures

It is important to stay calm and keep the environment you are in as relaxed as possible, this will help to support the young person. Remember, issues around sexting are a safeguarding issue, and you should therefore ensure you follow your setting’s safeguarding policies and processes.

If you are not a DSL, you should refrain from asking for further information about the imagery.

Remember not to use language that implies blame or judgment. Recognise the courage it has taken to speak up and reassure them that they have done the right thing by raising their concern. Let them know that you will need to pass on this information to the DSL and be clear that this is so that you can provide the best possible support for them.

You can find out more about how to handle a sexting incident with our downloadable guidance.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a non-DSL

The 2020 guidance from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) shares the following guidance on how to respond to an incident involving sexting.

  1. Report it to your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or equivalent immediately, your setting’s child protection policy should be followed, and the young person should be reassured about the reporting process and support available from DSLs.
  2. It is illegal to view, share, save, or request that the young person share or download the imagery. If you do see the imagery by accident, you should report this to the DSL and seek support.
  3. Do not interfere with the imagery by deleting it or asking the young person to delete it.
  4. Do not request further information regarding the imagery from the young person.
  5. Do not share information about the incident to other members of staff, any young people involved, or parents and carers.

For further information, read the UKCIS guidance overview here.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a DSL

Every instance of sexting is different, and there are many factors to consider when responding to a sexting incident, including aggravating factors such as:

  • Adult Involvement
  • Intent to Harm: Instances of abuse, blackmail, and coercion.
  • Reckless Misuse: Images sent without consent or without thought, but without intent to cause harm.

To find out the full guidance on how to address and assess a sexting incident with consideration of any aggravating or experimental factors, DSLs should read 1.6 ‘Understanding motivations and behaviour' of the UKCIS Guidance.

As a DSL, it is important to gather as much information as possible, including:

  1. Information on whether the incident involves images, videos, or messages.
  2. Who is featured in the content.
  3. Who sent the content.
  4. If any adults are involved
  5. Where the content is located.

It is essential to record all decisions and steps taken during a sexting incident. Any documentation should explain why certain actions were or were not taken. Examples of this include explaining why it was not necessary to report an instance of sexting to the police, and why it can be handled internally. Remember, your approach should be child-centric and all decisions need to be justifiable and taken in the best interests of the child.

Once a sexting incident has been addressed, it is essential that your organisation reviews the case to see where procedures and responses can be improved or learned from. In line with your setting’s safeguarding policies and practices, you should ensure the child is provided with appropriate post-incident support as required.

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Reporting to the Police and/or Local Authorities

There are occasions where sexting incidents do not need to involve the police, such as when an incident is ‘experimental’ rather than ‘aggravated.’ An experimental incident involves the sharing of nudes or semi-nudes without adult involvement and with no apparent intent to harm or reckless misuse.

Aggravated or abusive incidents of sexting should always be reported to the police through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Once an incident has been reported to the police, they will be able to ensure a thorough investigation through the collection of all evidence. Any incident reported to the police will be recorded as an incident on their crime systems.

If a device needs to be passed on to the police, the involved devices should be disconnected from Wi-Fi and data and turned off immediately. The device should be locked in a secure place until the police are able to collect it.

To find out more information about the reporting process, you should read 1.9 ‘The Police Response’ of the UKCIS Guidance.

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Informing Parents

Generally, when incidents are disclosed, it is best to tell the parents or guardians of any young person involved. Exceptions can include when there is a risk or harm to the child by doing this, or if the young person expresses that this could cause a genuine problem.

Whether to tell the guardians or not is ultimately up to the DSL's discretion, however, they should always ensure to record and justify their decision within the establishment incident logs.

If the parents are informed, it is usually best to support the young person and involve them in deciding how to approach the conversation, by finding out what would make it easier for them (e.g. being present at the time or not).

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Reporting CSAM

Any incident that includes CSAM content online should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who can identify and remove any content that includes child sexual abuse imagery.

You can also encourage children under the age of 18 to use Report Remove to help get an image or video of themselves taken down online. Report Remove is provided by IWF and Childline, and keeps the young person informed at each stage of their report, whilst providing further support when necessary.

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