The Northumbria Art, Craft and Design Partnership is THE ONLY single subject focussed School Direct ITT course in the North of England and is based at Churchill Community College in North Tyneside. We specialise in training Art, Craft and Design teachers, which means the training you receive on this course is bespoke to the subject. The course was previously known as the Secondary Education: Art, Craft and Design PGCE at Northumbria University and it offers you the opportunity to gain a PGCE qualification in Secondary Art, Craft and Design Education with Qualified Teacher Status.
We have a wide range of partnership schools across Primary, Middle and Secondary School phases throughout the whole of the North East, ensuring our trainees have high quality school placements with compassionate and expert mentoring. You will also have an opportunity to teach in a second subject, which will give you that career edge.
This course will prepare you to become a highly effective practitioner, able to make a significant contribution to education and equipped to teach secondary pupils across the range of Art, Crafts and Design specialisms.
We work closely with a wide range of museums, galleries, artists groups and Teacher networks and, thanks to our exclusive partnership with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, you’ll also take part in artist workshops and have access to BALTIC’s extensive library and archive as well as the Library, Student Resources and Support Services through Northumbria University.
You will learn through a combination of University-based and school-based opportunities that aim to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding. Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your school-based experience and develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practical applications and formal theory.
Your learning will be situated in a distinct ‘community of practice’ which will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with outstanding newly qualified teachers. The expertise and experience of University and school based tutors and highly experienced school-based mentors will ensure your learning is grounded in current best practice. In addition to tutor-led sessions you will be directed and supported in your individual study as you seek to develop a critical and well-informed understanding of the nature of Arts education in contemporary society. This combination of theory and school-based observation and practice will have a significant impact on your effectiveness in the classroom.