Welcome to the North East Partnership

"Best provider of postgraduate teacher training in the country" (2015 Good Teacher Training Guide)


Welcome to the North East Partnership SCITT

The North East Partnership SCITT programme will create the next generation of outstanding physical education teachers who can inspire and motivate young people to foster a love for physical education and sport and thus achieve their full potential – in sport and in life. Highly effective partnerships and innovative teaching and learning are at the heart of all we do.


If you are looking to pursue a career in secondary physical education teaching then look no further than training with the well-established North East Partnership SCITT (previously known as the Northumbria University PGCE). The North East Partnership SCITT provides outstanding training for those wishing to pursue a career in secondary physical education teaching.

10 key reasons why you should train with us:

  1. We have consistently been graded as outstanding by Ofsted – 2005, 2009, 2013. In November 2013 we were graded outstanding in every category. SCITT Ofsted Report
  2. We were identified as the best provider of postgraduate teacher training in the country in the 2015 Smithers’ Good Teacher Training Guide. Smithers Good Teacher Training Guide 2015
  3. We are the largest provider of physical education in the north east and one of the largest in the country. As a single subject SCITT we can really focus on developing your subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy.
  4. Our outcomes for trainees are exceptionally high. In the past four years all of our trainees have completed the course as either good or outstanding trainee teachers, with the majority being graded as outstanding. All have gone on to find employment in schools with over half of the 2012/13 cohort now in promoted posts.
  5. All trainees exit the course with QTS and a PGCE. Our PGCE is offered through Northumbria University, an outstanding ITT provider, and provides the opportunity to gain 60 Masters credits.
  6. We have strong links with key national organisations including the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST). These links ensure that we are at the forefront of current and cutting edge practice and pedagogy in physical education.
  7. We provide opportunities for trainees to gain a wide range of additional Teachers’ Qualifications and National Governing Body Awards at no extra charge e.g. Trampolining, Swimming, Handball, Dodgeball, Frisbee, Athletics. In addition, all trainees have the opportunity to do some teaching in a second subject area, ideally a core subjecta key feature which adds to their employability.
  8. Our training is completely school centred. We work with over 30 schools in the north east and more than half of these schools support the delivery of either physical education specific sessions, wider whole school sessions and core subject sessions. By the end of the year you will have spent time in approximately 12 different schools. Well over 70 ex-trainees are currently employed in our partnership schools.
  9. We have exceptionally strong support mechanisms. All trainees have a subject mentor and a professional mentor in school plus a link tutor from the core SCITT team. In addition, a large cohort of trainees means that you are never working in isolation.
  10. We have recently joined forces with The Education Network, a leading north east recruitment specialist. This pioneering partnership will provide a range of additional support, including help with applications and interview techniques, curriculum vitae preparation, continued professional development, as well as identifying and aligning candidates with employment opportunities in schools across the region and further afield.


Demand for places is very high so interested applicants are advised to apply early via UCAS Teacher Training. The application window for 2017/18 opens in October 2016 and we are hoping to recruit 30 applicants (UCAS CODE N55 2LFK)

For the first time in 2016/17 we are also the accredited provider for a small number of primary physical education school direct places and will develop this further in 2017/18. See relevant page for details.



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