About us

About us

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 activity 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 or primary education with a physical education specialism then look no further than training with the well-established North East Partnership SCITT (our secondary course was previously known as the Northumbria University PGCE).


Ten 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 have consistently been identified as one of the top ten providers of postgraduate teacher training in the country in the Smithers’ Good Teacher Training Guide. In 2015 we were identified as the best provider in the country.
  3. We are the largest provider of secondary physical education in the north east of England and one of the largest in the country. As a single-subject SCITT we can focus on developing your subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy. We are the only provider in the region that offers a primary specialist physical education course and one of only a few in the country.
  4. Our outcomes for trainees are exceptionally high. In the past six 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 well 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 sixty 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 in physical education.
  7. We provide opportunities for trainees to gain a wide range of additional teaching qualifications and national governing body awards at no extra charge, for example: trampolining, swimming, handball, dodgeball, frisbee, athletics, parkour, cricket, tennis, football and netball. In addition, all secondary trainees have the opportunity to teach in a second subject area, ideally a core subject which adds to their employability. All primary trainees teach core subjects and computer coding alongside physical education.
  8. Our training is completely school-centred. We work with over forty secondary schools and thirteen primary 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 or core subject sessions. By the end of the year trainees will have spent time in approximately ten different schools. Over one hundred 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 or class teacher 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 Vision for Education, an education recruitment specialist, who will support trainees to secure a permanent role once they have qualified.


Demand for places is very high so interested applicants are advised to apply early via UCAS Teacher Training. The application window for 2019/20 opens on 9th October 2018 and we are hoping to recruit twenty eight secondary and twelve primary trainees.

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I would highly recommend the North East Partnership SCITT to anyone wanting to pursue a career in teaching. The course allows for a true school experience while equipping you with a variety of masterclasses in teaching and learning. The support received from the SCITT team is outstanding and guaranteed to help you secure a teaching post.

Leeann Irving

My experience of the North East Partnership SCITT has enabled me to become the confident teacher I am today. The support you receive from your tutors helps to develop your planning, content and structure of lessons and how to effectively manage your class. This gives you the belief in your ability as teacher when you start your first teaching post.

Liam Blythe

I had a fantastic experience on both teaching placements, with really supportive staff. I had the opportunity to teach in very contrasting schools and across the full curriculum, including examination PE at Key Stage 4 and 5. The course gave me an excellent start for a career in teaching and has allowed me to progress into promotional opportunities

Ian Middleton

Having been a trainee and then a school based tutor on the course, it is my belief that NEP SCITT is the best teacher training provider around. The course consists of high quality training which focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of being a physical education teacher, delivered by the best practitioners and schools in the area. Trainees are then able to develop their practice in a variety of school placements, with a strong support network of physical education teachers on hand to offer guidance and support.

Aaron White

It was a genuine privilege to train through the North East Partnership SCITT. The mix of theory and hands on teaching allowed me to develop into a reflective practitioner. An absolutely fantastic course ran by dedicated professionals.

Andrew Archibald

NEP SCITT equipped me with the necessary qualities and skills to become a successful teacher. Courses and CPD events allowed me to develop a greater understanding of monitoring and measuring progress of different ability students.

Jade Murray

After completing my PGCE and entering my first teaching job I realised the SCITT programme had set me up fantastically well. Halfway through the course I sat my first interview and got my first job. This wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent support or amazing network of people who are involved in the programme. Couldn’t recommend it enough!

Louis Lawson