Why train in the Wider Ponteland Partnership?
During the course, you will spend 4 days per week in a school being trained by experienced teachers. The remaining day is spent either at a school within the partnership or at Northumbria University. These training days will cover every aspect of teaching, including, for example, behaviour management, planning and assessment, and collaboration skills; along with bespoke training depending upon your individual needs.
This course has a specific focus on Key Stage One (KS1) and Key Stage Two (KS2) training. Your longer placement could be in either Key Stage.
You will spend most of the time in your host school with one shorter period in another partnership school during an assessed placement. There are three assessed placements across the year.
Along with school-based training, there will be assignments set by Northumbria University. These will be supported with taught sessions at the campus and an academic guidance tutor. Finally, there will be a portfolio of evidence to present to demonstrate your achievements against the teaching standards.
Schools within the partnership are listed on the Ponteland Primary School website and are within the South Northumberland area.
School Direct at Ponteland Primary is successful at supporting trainees into employment, with a majority of students going straight into teaching positions following the course, sometimes within the partnership itself. Over 80% of our 2021 trainees were in full-time employment in September 2022.
Pastoral care and outstanding mentoring are strong features of the partnership. Students’ wellbeing is paramount and our cohort always works well together because of our pre-course induction days and the opportunity to work collaboratively during the year.