The core team is made up of experienced primary and secondary practitioners, middle leaders and senior leaders. All have a wealth of experience in schools and are able to offer high quality support and guidance to our trainees.

Helen Ostell

SCITT Director

Former Head of PE, Partnership Development Manager and Youth Sport Trust National and Regional Development Manager for Secondary PE.

Sally Bryson

Deputy Programme Leader

Currently Head of Girls' PE at John Spence Community High School.

Sarah Beall

Business Manager

Former Sports Development Manager and Partnership Development Manager.

Joanne Fairley

Primary Placement Lead

Former Deputy Head Teacher

Paul Dunn

Secondary Link Tutor

Head of PE at Churchill Community College.

Joanne Armstrong

Secondary Link Tutor

PE Teacher and Second in Department at Churchill Community College.

Emma Duckworth

Secondary Link Tutor

Maths Teacher at Churchill Community College.

Carol Marshall

Secondary Link Tutor

Primary School PE Teacher and Ex-Secondary PE Teacher.

Sarah Henderson

Secondary Link Tutor

PE Teacher at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Academy.

James Redpath

Secondary Link Tutor

Assistant Head Teacher at John Spence Community High School

Adam Pilkington

Secondary Link Tutor

Director of Sport at John Spence Community High School.

Alex Wood

Secondary Link Tutor

PE Teacher at Newcastle High School for Girls.

Lesley Doughty

Primary Link Tutor

PE and Sport Consultant. Previously Advisory Teacher for PE & Sport in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Sharon McIntosh

Primary Link Tutor

Assistant Head Teacher, Literacy and Numeracy Co-ordinator and Year 4 Class Teacher at Southridge First School.


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