Initial Teacher Training

Thinking about teaching as a career?

Dunston Hill Community Primary School is now recruiting high quality graduates for September 2017 for our School Direct Programme, on behalf of the Gateshead SCITT Alliance and its accredited provider, the Gateshead Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme.

What is School Direct initial teacher training?
School Direct is the new way of training teachers and puts schools at the heart of the process. It allows schools to request training places directly; select the accredited provider of teacher training they want to work with; agree on the content and focus of the training programme; and choose and recruit the candidates that they want.

How does it work for us as a school leading on School Direct?
Dunston Hill Community Primary School is working in partnership with the Gateshead Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider to ensure that schools within the Tyneside area have the opportunity to engage with the selection, recruitment and professional development of trainee teachers. By working closely with the SCITT we will be able to offer you an outstanding training experience. This leading provider of initial teacher training has a proven and successful record of supporting the development of new entrants into the profession since 2003 and we are proud to have been closely involved in the programme from the outset.

We have been allocated three school direct (tuition fee) places for the academic year 2017/18 where we will be taking on trainees whose training will be funded through the standard student support package of tuition fee loans, with training bursaries and scholarships available where eligible.

How will this benefit you?
We will recruit trainees that we believe will work best within the consortium of schools which make up the Gateshead SCITT Alliance. Each of these consortium schools will act as the ‘host school’ in which our trainees will gain experience of the full primary age range and have the opportunity to gain qualified teacher status within the 3-11 phase. You will benefit further through high quality professional development opportunities provided by the SCITT and the resources of the University of Northumbria. A designated training room and leading edge resources are provided at Lobley Hill Primary School where the SCITT is based. This School Direct training programme will provide our trainees with as much school based experience as possible which will be personalised to your individual training needs. You will benefit from the ongoing support of a highly experienced professional tutor from within our school and a team of tutors at the SCITT with current experience and expertise in classroom practice and teacher training. All trainees will have the opportunity to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with sixty credits at Masters Level which is validated through the University of Northumbria. This qualification is recognised throughout the world.

What are our entry requirements?

  • A UK undergraduate degree with at least a 2:1 classification, or recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • Extensive, recent and relevant experience in a mainstream classroom within the appropriate age phases prior to interview.
  • Evidence of an interest and enthusiasm for teaching children.
  • The Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths must be attained prior to commencing the course.

What is our selection process?
Successful applicants will be invited to a selection day. During the selection day, candidates will be required to complete a short written and mathematics task, work with a small group of children, work as part of a team and have an interview.

What are we looking for? 
Our school is looking for exceptional candidates with the drive, passion and commitment to become outstanding teachers.

How to apply
Applications open on 18th October 2016 and must be through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application system at