The course is delivered by a consortium of over forty local secondary schools covering ten local authorities in the north east of England. We work with schools as far north as Alnwick in Northumberland and as far south as Nunthorpe in Middlesbrough. John Spence Community High School, a Specialist Sports College in North Tyneside, is the lead school and Churchill Community College, a recently designated Teaching School in North Tyneside, is the associate lead school. Northumbria University is the awarding body.
The course is full-time and lasts for forty weeks from September to June; in addition there will be some compulsory sessions during the last two weeks of August. The course is structured to ensure that all trainees develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach the range of activities outlined in the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 national curriculum for physical education and to teach examination physical education at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Trainees are encouraged to experiment with a variety of teaching styles and strategies and to reflect upon their practice in order to achieve high professional standards and develop into outstanding trainee teachers.
Trainees spend the majority of the year working in two contrasting placement schools. They also visit two other schools to gain experience of working with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and English as an additional language (EAL), work in a primary setting and have the opportunity to do some teaching in a second subject area (usually a core subject). In addition, they visit a number of good and outstanding physical education departments to receive subject-specific training prior to placements. On average, trainees spend time in ten different physical education departments over the course of the year – something we believe makes us unique.
Placement performance is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. Two coursework assignments and an action research project provide further evidence of suitability to enter the teaching profession. Two modules are assessed at Masters level and if successfully completed count as sixty credits towards a Masters qualification. Successful trainees exit the course with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus a PGCE from Northumbria University.
For 2019/20 we will offer 28 secondary physical education places.
- North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education) – UCAS code – N55 2LFK