ITT/School Direct


School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) scheme. It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider.
Training places are allocated to the lead school on behalf of the partnership, usually for 1 year. The lead school has overall responsibility for requesting places and for ensuring that the criteria for School Direct are met.

Types of training places and funding

There are 2 types of School Direct training places available.

School Direct (tuition fee) places

These places are open to all graduates and are funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.

What does our programme look like?

Ponteland Community Primary School, as a teaching school offers statutory training, and bespoke training. The school and its partners are closely linked to Northumbria University regarding Schools Direct. The school is also closely linked to Newcastle University regarding Primary PGCE. The strategic schools have additional arrangements with universities.

What support can I expect to get?

You will be assigned a subject mentor and they will support you throughout the year. You will also receive weekly practical training sessions with a professional mentor in your school. Alongside your work in school, Northumbria University provide support in the form of training days, which will enable you to understand the theory behind teaching. They will also set and mark assignments that you must complete as part of your PGCE.

What are our expectations of you inside the classroom?

You will start off by observing lessons and noting what makes a good teacher and strategies used and gradually you will begin to teach, as and when you are ready. The expectation is that by Christmas you will be doing 40% solo teaching, 50% to February and then 60% to July (supervised by the classroom teacher). This allows you to gain experience with a full range of classes. You will also be placed in a form and work alongside an experienced form tutor in order to gain pastoral experience.

What can I look to gain from School Direct?

If you complete the School Direct training programme successfully you will gain a PGCE with 60 Masters level credits, giving you an advantage should you decide to continue with your studies as an NQT, or later on.

What are the benefits of School Direct?

You can expect lots of support and focused feedback to help you to progress to being an outstanding teacher. A benefit of School Direct, over the traditional PGCE university based programme, is that you are able to build  relationships with students and staff over a full academic year, so you can really see the progression of your teaching and the positive impact you have on students at the school. Also, as far as possible, we do try to place you as an NQT within our collegiate schools, when you gain QTS. We have 100% record of graduation and employment, however, it is a reflection of your hard work as there is no guarantee of employment.

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PCPS is unable to offer School Direct places for 2020/21. The School Direct Programme will run again in 2021/22. If you would like more information please contact 01661 824853 or email

Initial Teacher Training with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities is fully developed at PCPS and we are proud of this continued commitement and success.