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The North East Partnership SCITT is the accredited provider for a small number of primary with a physical education specialism school direct places.   John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with Northumbria University and sixteen local schools to offer this innovative course which lasts for forty weeks from September to June.  In addition, there is a compulsory two week summer school at the end of August and trainees will support end of year activities in their placement schools during the month of July.


Trainees will be trained to teach physical education alongside the core subjects of mathematics, English and science plus ICT across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. On completion of the course they will be qualified primary teachers with a physical education specialism.   They will be able to lead high quality physical education and sport provision within primary schools, support other primary teachers to develop their skills in delivering physical education and sport and lead regional sports initiatives to improve primary physical education and sport.  They will also complete a PGCE qualification awarded by Northumbria University and have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.


Trainees spend the majority of the year in their Host School and have a contrasting placement in a Partner School.  They visit two other schools to gain experience of working with children who have SEND and EAL plus visit an early years setting and a secondary school.  Many of the partnership school are involved in the delivery of the core programme.


For 2019/20 we will offer 12 primary with a physical education specialism places.

  • North East Partnership SCITT – Primary (with PE) with John Spence Community High School)– UCAS code – 25W 2Q9L

The programme is made up of 4 inter-related modules:


Professional Placements:

All trainees will gain teaching experience in two contrasting placement schools; a Host School and a Partner School. They will spend the majority of the year in their Host School teaching Key Stage 2 pupils and a six week block placement in their Partner School teaching Key Stage 1 pupils.   In addition, they will visit two other schools to gain experience of working with children who have SEND and EAL plus visit an early years setting and a secondary school.  Trainees’ will progress from observation through collaborative working to independence.  They will also progress from a 60% to a 70% timetable.  Link tutors and school mentors liaise to support trainees in the development of their practical teaching. By the end of the year all trainees will have had teaching experience in all areas of the physical education national curriculum plus teaching experience in the core subjects of mathematics, English and science at Key Stages 1 and 2.  They will have taught ICT and supported the delivery of the foundation subjects.  They will develop into reflective, creative and highly effective practitioners who meet the Teachers’ Standards to either a high or a good level for a trainee teacher by the end of the module. This module is formally assessed on a pass/fail basis against the Teachers’ Standards.


Curriculum Studies:

This module is where trainees begin to develop their subject specific knowledge in physical education and the core subjects plus ICT. They gain practical and theoretical experience relating to all six areas of activity outlined in the physical education national curriculum alongside teaching mathematics, English, science and ICT. The sessions that make up this module are delivered by good or outstanding practitioners from partnership schools alongside North Tyneside Local Authority and a Primary PE Consultant. Assessment of this module is by an extended written assignment and the production of a teaching resource.


Critical Professional Studies:

This module is where trainees begin to develop their knowledge about education. The module consists of a structured programme of conference days focusing on a range of topics that are at the forefront of education policy and practice.  These include; safeguarding and child protection, pastoral care, working with parents, behaviour management, teaching and learning, assessment, inclusion,  pupil premium, equality and diversity, and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Time is also allocated to preparing for employment.  These sessions are delivered by middle and senior leaders in partnership schools. These professionals engage trainees in critical and analytical debates about learning and pedagogy theories and the implications for their own professional practice, learning and emerging philosophy of education. Assessment of this module is by an extended written assignment. Trainees who do not pass this module at Level 7 will have their work marked against Level 6 criteria.


Enquiry into Current Primary Education Issues:

This module is an independent action research project that is carried out during the final Host School placement. Each trainee negotiates a focus for their project with their mentor and discusses the proposal with their assignment tutor. Assessment is through a written project and the presentation of the ideas and findings of the project to peers and tutors. Trainees who do not pass this module at Level 7 will have their work marked against Level 6 criteria.


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