For the first time in 2016/17 we are the accredited provider for a small number of primary physical education school direct places.
John Spence Community High School, acting as the Lead School, will work closely with Northumbria University and 14 local primary, middle and secondary schools in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to offer this innovative new course.
Trainees will be trained to teach physical education alongside the core subjects of mathematics, English and science across key stages one and two (school years 1 to 6). In addition, they will gain experience teaching ICT and computer coding.
On completion of the course 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.
They will also complete a PGCE qualification awarded by Northumbria University and have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.
The structure of the course will be very similar to that of the secondary course but will start with a physical education summer school in August. There will also be an expectation that trainees will support sports days and end of year sporting activities in their placement schools.
For 2017/18, in addition to our 30 secondary physical education SCITT places we hope to offer 10 specialist primary physical education places:
"Professional and reflective trainees" (Ofsted, Nov 2013)