The North Tyneside School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme provides a practical introduction into primary teaching, awarding trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Our programme is the best way to train if you’re looking for lots of practical, hands-on experience, and want to benefit from the expertise of teachers on the ground. Our unique and distinctive training will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a highly effective primary school teacher.
We offer training specialising in either early years (3-7 year olds) or primary (5-11 year olds). The award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is validated by Northumbria University.
The programme offers you the chance to train within a professional environment and incorporates training sessions based within North Tyneside’s School Improvement Service and in a variety of our partnership schools.
For the duration of the programme you will be based at The Langdale Centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear and is located just off the A1058 Coast Road, in close proximity to the Silverlink Retail Park and within walking distance of Howdon Metro station.
You’ll be part of a small cohort which means we can offer you personalised support tailored to your needs, and really nurture and support your professional development. The course offers many layers of professional guidance both whilst centre-based and in schools to support and enable students to become highly effective primary teachers.
The programme is structured around four distinct but inter-related modules. The four modules are:
- Reflective Primary Teacher
- Curriculum Studies
- Critical Curriculum Studies
- Educational Placements
A key strength of the programme is that the practical and taught elements are strongly linked. Each week trainees spend time in schools in addition to assessed block placements; this enables the taught the taught elements of the course to be firmly grounded in classroom experience.
The programme has no formal examinations. Instead you will be assessed through written assignments and practical work in school. The assessed school placements represent a vital component of this assessment.
The standards for Qualified Teacher Status require you to be successful in all areas, and from the outset you will be involved in auditing your own learning and setting targets for your own professional development.