This is a one-year full time Initial Teacher Education course leading to the academic award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). At university, trainees undertake three Masters level modules towards their PGCE: Subject Pedagogy in Practice, Developing Critical Perspectives and Curriculum Development Through Enquiry in Practice. Successful trainees are awarded 60 Masters level credits which they can choose to carry forward to the full Master’s course at a later stage. Our School Direct programme provides a wealth of opportunity for trainees to demonstrate evidence of the Teachers’ Standards required for QTS.
Our School Direct programme is designed to train teachers in the classroom. Our vision to develop expert teachers and leaders of the future starts with all trainees becoming part of the staff team from the beginning of the academic year. Trainee teachers will learn from experienced colleagues and work closely with the staff in the Science department. You will be given experience of KS3, KS4 and KS5. The vast majority of the year is spent in the host school that you apply to and you will be allocated a contrasting placement which will include six weeks of teaching elsewhere. Contrasting placements are key to the development of all trainee teachers in order to develop a broader understanding of different educational settings.
You will spend the majority of the year and undertake most of your teaching commitments at your host school. A contrasting placement will be arranged for you with consideration given to your location, transport, childcare, etc. By placing you in a contrasting school you will gain invaluable experience which help you to develop a range of teaching skills. We only use schools that we know will give you the help and support you need during your placement, including a professional tutor and subject mentor. Weekly mentor meetings and at least one formal lesson observation will occur each week during your teaching practices.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Sixth Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2SY
Castle View Enterprise Academy
Cartwright Road, Castletown, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3DX
Consett Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 0AN
Saltwell Road South, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 6LE
The King’s Academy
Stainton Way, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS8 0GA
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for trainee teachers who possess a range of personal qualities including:
The ability to communicate in English competently, confidently and clearly to a level that facilitates good quality oral and written communication with pupils, parents and colleagues.
Good organisational skills
Effective time management
The desire and drive to transform children through education.
You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and fitness to teach check to verify your suitability for working with young people.
We recommend you spend at least a few recent working days in a UK secondary classroom before applying. This will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) can be organised where necessary and funding arranged to cover costs. You could get a tax-free SKE bursary of £175 per week.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding vocations and the Emmanuel Teacher Training Partnership provides an excellent start to your career. Our schools have a reputation for outstanding leaders and inspirational teachers who enable students to exceed expectations. We believe that the best place to train teachers to become outstanding practitioners is in the classroom. We give trainee teachers the opportunity to be at the heart of school life from the very first day of the academic year. You will be fully supported by classroom teachers, mentors and professional tutors throughout your training.
We have more than twenty years’ experience in ITT, having developed a successful Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) as well as providing PGCE placements for Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam, Sunderland and Teesside universities. Our School Direct programme, which started in September 2013, allows high calibre trainee teachers to achieve PGCE(M) alongside QTS which is accredited by Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University and Teesside University. Most of our trainees secure teaching positions and a large proportion commence their careers at schools within our alliance. Numerous previous trainees already hold significant leadership roles, including Head of Department and Assistant Vice Principal.
Newcastle University’s Admissions Team will conduct an initial eligibility check, to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. The school you have applied to will then consider your application and agree whether to invite you to interview. If you are selected for interview, you will be sent information about the interview process, together with guidance on how to prepare. The interview process will take approximately half a day at whichever school you have applied to within the alliance. It is important that you spend some time in the school that you are applying to and you will be given an opportunity to talk to some key staff. You will be required to teach an observed lesson; you will be told in advance about the content and the age group you will be teaching as well as any other relevant information to help you prepare. An interview will be the last part of the day where the professional tutor from the school and an Emmanuel Teacher Training Partnership representative will be present.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Schools working in partnership with the Emmanuel Teacher Training Partnership are inclusive environments. Trainees are encouraged to declare any disabilities they may have so that reasonable adjustments can be put in place to support their training experience.
Emmanuel Teacher Training Partnership Consett Road Lobley Hill Gateshead NE11 0AN
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).