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Initial Teacher Training

ITT – School Direct

Why train with us?
Teaching is a most rewarding vocation and the Emmanuel Schools Foundation provides an excellent start to your career. Our schools have a reputation for outstanding leaders, inspirational teachers, supportive parents, well behaved students and exceptional facilities.

We have more than a decade’s experience in ITT having run a successful Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and providing PGCE placements for Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities.

Our School Direct programme started in September 2013. It allows high calibre graduates to achieve PGCE (M) alongside QTS through accreditation with Newcastle University. The outcomes are outstanding – the majority of our trainees secure teaching positions straight away, many in ESF schools; a number already hold posts of responsibility, including Head of Department and Assistant Vice Principal.

Our School Direct training programme

Trainees start their training with the academic year in their lead school. Our university partner provides one full day per week of training on campus (Fridays) and trainees spend the rest of the time on teaching placements. The two teaching placements are from November to December (short placement) and February to May (long placement). We arrange your short placement in another local school, often within the ESF. In-house training is provided that allows you to work towards the 8 Teachers’ Standards. We sometimes arrange training days at other partner schools through the university (Thursdays).


  • Lead Schools – Bede, Emmanuel, Kings, Oakfield, St Pauls’
  • Cross-phase experience– 5 days in primary or secondary as a contrast to your chosen phase.
  • School based training with differing locations on Thursdays – 43 days
  • University based training – 36 days
  • Placement teaching – 81 days
  • Tutorials and independent study – 18 days

University Modules

Alongside practical training towards satisfying the Teachers’ Standards, trainees submit assignments each worth 20 credits towards PGCE. These can be brought forward as 60 Masters credits.

  • Subject Pedagogy in Practice module – Submission = 20 December
  • Developing Critical Perspectives – Presentation = 14 Feb, Submission = 21 February
  • Curriculum Development through Enquiry in Practice –Submission = 25 April

What we are looking for

We seek graduates who are enthused about their subject and eager to work with young people. The successful candidate will be well qualified, self-motivating, adaptable, and imaginative. You are someone who is committed to your subject and to academic excellence. You will have recent teaching experience, voluntary or otherwise.

You understand children are at the heart of the teaching profession and you have a strong desire to enthuse and empower students with a love for your subject. Those young people in our charge each possess unique gifts and potential, and all of equal worth, regardless of socio-economic background or intellectual ability.

Through your honesty and personal integrity you set the bar high and show you believe in our young people, and help them achieve discipline and accountability in order to reach the best possible academic standards.

A Christian worldview underpins our ethos all that we seek to do, particularly the curriculum and the academic and pastoral strategies. There is no requirement that teachers should be Christians; nevertheless you will discover a remarkable unity of purpose within the staff team. The Senior Management Team lead school in accordance with the principles of Scripture.

High academic standards, safety from bullying and drugs, a culture of personal best and respect for each child as an individual all derive from the schools’ Christian ethos and are the primary reasons for our popularity with parents.

Essentially, the College seeks extended professionalism from colleagues who are able to motivate and educate students within a warm and encouraging environment.

About us as a training provider


Child care facilities The school does not offer any child care facilities on site and potential trainees would need to source and pay for these themselves.
Disability access Our disability access policy is to discuss each applicant’s needs on an individual basis. Please contact the school if you need more information in this regard.
Accommodation and travel Trainees are expected to source and fund their own accommodation during the training year. In seeking accommodation, potential trainees need to be able to travel to and from their lead school (Gateshead or Blyth) and university (Newcastle city centre). The school day runs from 8.25am – 4.00pm. Where possible, second school placements will take travel plans into consideration. Travel costs are the responsibility of the trainee throughout the year.
Funding All School Direct places on offer are self-funded. Each place has training fees of £9250; however, it will be possible in many cases to offset these fees by obtaining either a bursary or scholarship of up to £30, 000, dependent on class of degree and subject specialism. Details of these can be found on the Department for Education website here. Trainees are also eligible for additional student loan facility to cover the cost of accommodation and travel throughout the course. Details of the scheme can be found at