Come into school each day with a smile on your face

Get into teaching with the Think North East initial teacher training programme to start making a real and meaningful difference in young people’s lives.

Invested In Your Success

With our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme, you will receive 1-on-1 and community support every step of the way. You will be overseen by highly experienced professionals who will help cultivate your practice.

Moreover, we treat our trainees as integral parts of the community: you will form lasting relationships with other teachers, as well as children and their families, in no time.

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Portrait photo of Think North East trainee, Megan Picken
My experience with Think North East this past year has been a really amazing one. From the start it has been a rollercoaster of hard work but I loved absolutely every second of it. I feel very strongly that I am going to be a confident and competent teacher going forwards when I start my career in September.

— Megan Picken, Think North East Graduate
Now: ECT at Laurence Jackson School

The Best of Both Worlds

Our teacher trainees immerse themselves in school life from the get-go, quickly picking up the tricks of the trade and putting theory into practice.

At the same time, you will have plenty of time to reflect on your learnings and delve into the academics in our state-of-the-art Teaching and Leadership Centre, as you study towards a PGCE qualification from the University of Sunderland, awarded in addition to your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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In addition to your Qualified Teacher Status, you will receive a PGCE qualification from the University of Sunderland - a Top 50 UK University.

Be In The Driver's Seat

Your placement school strongly affects your experiences with postgraduate teacher training and your career thereafter. With this route, you can set yourself up for success by choosing a school that fits you best.

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Five Schools. One Vision: Excellence

Where other teacher training providers might see you placed in schools located far and wide, we work with you to ensure you are placed in schools that allow you to carry out your other commitments throughout your teacher training course.

All schools in the Think North East partnership share one vision: to ensure we provide the highest quality training possible for people choosing to enter the teaching profession. Regardless of in which schools you train, you will receive exceptional support in developing as a skilled teacher.

Sedgefield Community College logo

Judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all possible respects, Sedgefield Community College has consistently been amongst the very highest performing schools across North East and Cumbria. We have an innovative approach to Teaching and Learning and the professional development of leaders.

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Academy 360 logo

At Academy 360, we want everyone to realise their potential to succeed. Our vision is to provide a learning experience for all students that is first class and enables individuals to succeed, realising their potential. It is our belief that everyone has an important part to play in raising standards, no matter what position they hold within the Academy.

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Durham Johnston Comprehensive School logo

From its foundation in 1901, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School has always had a very distinct ethos. Our school has an important role as a comprehensive school; comprehensive in terms of the wide range of backgrounds that our students are drawn from, but also in the wide range of curricular and cultural opportunities that we provide.

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Excelsior Academy logo

Excelsior Academy is based on the schools within schools model - we have five schools, each with its own accommodation, Principal, leadership, teaching staff, inclusion teams, and of course learners. We remain the only 3-19 inclusive school in Newcastle.

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Wellfield School logo

Wellfield is a vibrant and successful school, a happy and caring environment and an exciting centre for learning for our community. The success is due to our high aspirations and expectations, a commitment to constantly improving achievement for our students and our belief that all students are entitled to the best education possible.

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