The course is delivered by a consortium of over 30 local secondary schools covering nine local authorities in the north east of England. We work with schools as far north as Alnwick in Northumberland and as far south as Nunthorpe in Middlesborough. John Spence Community High School, a Specialist Sports College in North Tyneside, is the lead school and Churchill Community College, a recently designated Teaching School in North Tyneside, is the associate lead school. Northumbria University is the awarding body. Both John Spence and Churchill are outstanding schools. Northumbria University and the North East Partnership SCITT are outstanding ITT providers.
The course is full-time and lasts for 40 weeks from September to June. It is structured to ensure that all trainees develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach the range of activities outlined in the key stage three and key stage four national curriculum for physical education and to teach examination physical education at key stage four and key stage five. Trainees are encouraged to experiment with a variety of teaching styles and strategies and to reflect upon their practice in order to achieve high professional standards and develop into outstanding trainee teachers.
Trainees spend the majority of the year working in 2 contrasting placement schools. They also visit 2 other schools to gain experience of working with children who have SEND and EAL, work with a local independent school and have the opportunity to do some teaching in a second subject area, this is normally a core subject. In addition, they visit a high number of good and outstanding physical education departments to receive subject specific training prior to placements. On average trainees spend time in 12 different physical education departments over the course of the year and this is something that we believe makes us unique.
Placement performance is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. 2 coursework assignments and an action research project provide further evidence of suitability to enter the teaching profession. Two modules are assessed at Masters level and if successfully completed count as 60 credits towards a Masters qualification. Successful trainees exit the course with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus a Post or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Northumbria University.
"Exceptionally high completion and employment rates" (Ofsted, Nov 2013)