Our School Direct programme is accredited by Durham University and follows the same structure as their secondary PGCE courses. Alongside the in-school training and practical experience offered by all Think North East partner schools, you will benefit from approximately 60 days of training at Durham University, allowing you to take advantage of the university’s academic and research expertise.
The duration of the course is one academic year and comprises two placements, which will both be in schools within the Think North East Partnership. The first (Preliminary) placement will run from September to December, with the second (Main) placement running from January until June.
From the start of the programme, you will be able to observe, first hand, how experienced teachers establish routines and build relationships with new classes. You will also be assigned a mentor, who will support you throughout your training.
During the first few weeks of your first placement you will:
- observe experienced teachers as they build relationships with new tutor groups and teaching classes;
- be attached to a tutor group;
- attend ‘Research Related Professional Practice’ study sessions at Durham University, focusing on topics such as safeguarding, teaching and learning strategies, and behaviour management;
- be given time to help you to understand school policies and subject-specific schemes of work;
- be assigned your own timetable, allowing you to observe and support the classes you will be teaching later in the placement.
Successful completion of the programme will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Durham University.
We are currently offering secondary teacher training in the following subjects: