School Direct Information

Why train with the Quayside Teaching Alliance?

Quayside Teaching Alliance
Lead School: West Jesmond Primary School, Outstanding in all areas, Ofsted 2015

Our School Direct programme is firmly embedded within a unique group of seven Primary Schools which together form the Ouseburn Learning Trust. All of our schools are conveniently situated in close proximity to Newcastle City Centre. We work collaboratively to empower young people to excel as individuals and contribute to society. These outcomes are achieved by the outstanding quality of teaching which is responsive in meeting the individual needs of our children. Highly skilled mentors will support you in your rewarding and fulfilling journey towards Qualified Teacher Status ensuring your developmental needs are fully addressed along the way. Our commitment to ongoing professional development ensures that we remain at the forefront in curriculum development and innovative new initiatives.
The Quayside Teaching Alliance will have a cohort of ten PGCE School Direct Trainees for 2019-20 with a bespoke training plan to meet your individual needs. The cohort size forges the opportunity for trainees to develop and reflect alongside a group of likeminded individuals.
Each trainee will be assigned a supportive and motivated mentor within their host school. A contrasting placement will allow a breadth of experience and enable trainees to really discover the exciting variety that primary teaching offers. Our training plan is tailored to the needs of our trainees and is fluid throughout the year. Enrichment placements offer opportunities to gain experience within an Early Years setting, Special Educational Needs School and within a secondary school environment.
At the end of a rewarding year successful trainees will achieve:
• Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
• a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
• 60 credits towards a Masters degree from two assignments completed at Level 7

We hope that we will be your next step as you embark on your journey to become a primary school teacher. For further information about our programme please contact:
Rebecca McVittie or Helen Sykes on 0191 281 0000 or email
To book a place on one of our information events please click on the link at the top of the page.

UCAS applications for our School Direct programme are now open!

Our provider number is: 2FQ and the programme code is: 35L3 

School Direct training is an innovative new approach to initial teacher education, combining best practice from schools and initial teacher education providers.

Northumbria University is recognised by OFSTED as an outstanding provider of initial teacher education across all age phases.

The School Direct programme at Northumbria University is based around a newly developed PGCE, tailored to meet the individual training and academic needs of each student.

School Direct students spend much of their time in a minimum of 2 schools, gaining an in depth understanding of teaching and learning over the course of a year, as well as developing an insight into the wider role of the teacher.

Students are supported in school by a mentor, who takes responsibility for the school based part of the programme.

As well as immersion in the life of the school, students attend a number days at the Coach Lane Campus (NE7 7XA) over the course of the year. These sessions provide the opportunity to be part of a professional learning community and to engage with some of the wider pedagogical and social theories around education. This is delivered through some taught sessions delivered by university lecturers, as well as access to a range of on line learning materials. A tutoring system provides academic and pastoral support through campus based tutorials.

Based upon the specific training needs of the student, Northumbria University works with the school to provide personalised input, drawing on expertise both within Northumbria and in school. Students are assessed in school, as well as being required to show their level of understanding through a combination of assignments and presentation tasks.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student will be awarded either a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 6) or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 7), with a recommendation for QTS.

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is required for anyone who wishes to teach in a maintained school in England. Most academies, independent and free schools in England would also seek to employ holders of QTS.

PGCE is an internationally recognised qualification which enables students to teach in schools beyond England.