You will be placed in schools for most of your course, totaling a minimum of 120 days across the three school terms. The responsibility for training is shared between our schools and Durham University, providing a supportive professional environment in which you can develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and expertise.
Our School Direct partnership is led by Sedgefield Community College, working alongside Academy 360, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Excelsior Academy and Wellfield School. Where other training providers may see you placed in schools located far and wide, we are able to work with you to help ensure you are placed in a school that allows you to carry out your other commitments when training.
Across the training year, you will complete two placements. The main Attachment Placement begins towards the start of the academic year and is the main placement school in which a trainee will spend most of their time during the year.
A shorter Intensive Practice Placement takes place in a different school and aims to consolidate understanding of how research and evidence should shape practice. Following this placement, trainees return to their original Attachment Placement where they can apply their improved skills and knowledge to their teaching practice.
At each placement school you will be supported by a Professional Tutor who oversees all aspects of Initial Teacher Training at the school, as well as subject mentor who will support you in developing your teaching practice on a day to day basis.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
Crossgate Moor, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4SU