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Initial Teacher Training

Here at Monkhouse Primary School, we  support initial teacher training from various providers, including:


  • Northumbria University BA Hons & PGCE 

  • Shine Teaching School Alliance SCITT


What is the Northumbria University BA Hons?

The BA (Hons) Primary Education programme is designed to equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become an outstanding primary teacher in due course. Over the three years of their programme, students gradually gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to equip them for

Teaching; the programme placements are designed to enable students to gradually develop teaching skills and confidence.  

In their first year, students engage with a two-day-a-week teaching placement,  designed to allow the student to gain an understanding of teaching across all key stages and to allow them to make an informed decision about whether to specialise in the 3-7 or 7-11 age-phase during the second and third years of their programme. 

Following on from this initial year, the students will then carry out a series of placements across all phases, building up to teaching for sustained periods of time. 


What is the Shine Teaching School Alliance  SCITT?

The Shine Teaching School Alliance is the accredited provider for a small number of primary school direct places.  Shiremoor Primary is the Lead School and works with Northumbria University and local schools to offer this innovative course.  Trainees will be trained to teach in Early Years/Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1 / 2 delivering the core subjects of mathematics, English and science plus other foundation subjects. On completion of the course they will be qualified primary teachers.  


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.  Many of the partnership school are involved in the delivery of the core programme.


At Monkhouse, we have trained many outstanding trainee teachers, some of whom currently work in Monkhouse and others who have all moved on to exciting teaching careers.