School Direct Information

School Direct

School Direct Information

About the course

Our course is a primary School Direct route working with a small group of primary schools within two clusters of schools.

Our mentors are experienced and all schools have a strong ethos of supporting trainee teachers.

How school placements work

We offer a host placement and a contrasting placement.

The host placement lasts the duration of the Autumn term and the contrasting placement begins the Spring. Trainees then return to their host placement school for their final placement.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

 Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A first degree of 2:1 of higher.

GCSEs equivalent to a grade 4 or C or above in English, Maths and Science.

There is no statutory requirement for primary trainee teachers to have a degree in a national curriculum subject.

Prior experience in a school is not required.

About the training provider

Our School Direct programme is firmly embedded within a unique group of Primary Schools who are within the Ouseburn Learning Trust, the Gosforth Schools’ Trust or Good or outstanding partner schools in Newcastle. The majority 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.

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.

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:

Helen Sykes on 0191 281 0000

 About the accredited body

As well as immersion in the life of the school, students attend days at the Coach Lane Campus 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. 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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have the flexibility to place trainees in the best location to suit their requirements, safe in the knowledge that all schools have in place robust policies and systems to support disabilities and additional needs.

Contact details



01912810000  Ext 102



West Jesmond Primary
Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond
Tyne and Wear