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Initial Teacher Training

Here at Hadrian Park we  support initial teacher training from various providers, including:


  • Northumbria University BA Hons & PGCE
  • North Tyneside Primary PE SCITT
  • North Tyneside Primary SCITT
  • Sunderland University BA Hons & PGCE
  • Teach First


What is the Northumbria and Sunderland University BA Hons?

The BA (Hons) Primary Education programme is designed to equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become an outstanding primary teacher in due course. Over the three years of their programme, students gradually gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to equip them for
teaching.  Over the three years of the programme placements are designed to enable students to gradually develop teaching skills and confidence.  In their first year, students engage with a two-day-a-week teaching placement,  designed to allow the student to gain an understanding of teaching across
all key stages and to allow them to make an informed decision about whether to specialise in the 3-7 or 7-11 age-phase during the second and third years of their programme. Following on from this initial year, the students will then carry out a series of placements across all phases, building up to teaching for sustained periods of time. 


What is the Primary PE SCITT?

The North East Partnership SCITT is the accredited provider for a small number of primary with a physical education specialism school direct places.  John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with Northumbria University and sixteen local schools to offer this innovative course.  Trainees will be trained to teach physical education alongside the core subjects of mathematics, English and science plus ICT across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. On completion of the course they will be qualified primary teachers with a physical education specialism. They will be able to lead high quality physical education and sport provision within primary schools, support other primary teachers to develop their skills in delivering physical education and sport and lead regional sports initiatives to improve primary physical education and sport.  


Trainees spend the majority of the year in their Host School and have a contrasting placement in a Partner School.  They visit two other schools to gain experience of working with children who have SEND and EAL plus visit an early years setting and a secondary school.  Many of the partnership school are involved in the delivery of the core programme.

What is the Primary North Tyneside SCITT?
For a number of years we have been part of the North Tyneside Teacher Training Course (SCITT). The SCITT is a highly successful course which combines extensive, high-quality classroom experience with expert guidance, and is officially rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
Throughout the year, 3 teaching placements take place across Early Years and Key Stage One. Trainees spend a proportionate amount of time working both alongside qualified, experienced teachers and teaching independently. All trainee teachers are trained and monitored closely to ensure that teaching of children is of the highest standard and are supported throughout by a Host Class Teacher, A School Based Tutor, The Senior Leadership Team and also the University Team. If your child’s class is hosting a trainee teacher, there are a number of benefits. See below links for further information:

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When are teaching placements and how long do Placements last?
There are 3 placements per teaching year in which our school will have 1 or 2 different trainee teachers each time:

  • The initial teaching practice takes place in September and lasts 6 weeks. Trainees spend 3 weeks in Early Years and 3 weeks in Key Stage 1, supporting groups, teaching small groups and a selection of individual lessons. Trainees gain experience of planning, teaching, marking and assessing to prepare them for their next teaching practice.
  • The intermediate placement takes place in January and lasts around 8 weeks. Trainees teach a wider number of subjects across more of the teaching week. The amount of teaching time gradually increases towards the final week.
  • The final placement takes place in March and lasts around 10 weeks. By now students on placement are highly skilled and ready to apply for teaching posts of their own.

All trainees take part in a number of introductory days, in which they are given time to get to know the school, the layout, the timetable, the routines, the class that they will be teaching and the staff.


What is Teach First?

This teacher training programme places you in the classroom, where you learn to teach and lead from the front. This is a two-year commitment based on global practice and research. Teach First trainee's become the main class teacher and uses a current class teacher as a supportive mentor.  The supportive mentor works alongside Teach First and Northumbria University to further develop subject and pedagogy knowledge.  At the end of the first year, the Teach First Trainee has gained Qualified Teacher Status and moving onto the second year working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). 

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