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To apply for School Direct initial teacher training with Think North East, please use the DfE Apply for Teacher Training service.

Follow these steps to make sure your initial teacher training application process goes smoothly:

Course Codes
  • Think North East – 4B4
  • Biology – H466
  • Chemistry – H477
  • English – J466
  • Geography – J477
  • History – L988
  • Mathematics – J488
  • Modern Foreign Languages – J522
  • Physics – J533
Entry Criteria
Applicants are required on entry to the course to: 
  • hold a UK degree with a 2:2 honours or an equivalent qualification, with a significant proportion relating to the subject you intend to teach;
  • have passed GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
If your qualifications are from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.

Personal Qualities
During the recruitment process, we will be evaluating your potential to become an effective teacher. Our preferred applicants will have the following qualities:
  • a desire to teach and work with young people from all backgrounds;
  • effective communication skills and a collegiate approach;
  • a passion for your subject and strong subject knowledge;
  • a commitment to teaching and the determination to succeed;
  • consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct upholding the public trust in the profession.
Other Requirements
Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

You are welcome to discuss any individual needs or adaptations that you may require with us at any time during, or after, the application process.

You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check.

All applications for our School Direct programme must be made online through DfE Apply.

If you have left Higher Education in the last 5 years, please be aware that one of your references must be an academic reference from that institution.

Once your application has been received by us, it will be assessed against our entry criteria.  We consider applications in the order in which they are received and for this reason an early application is advisable.

If your application has been successful, you will be invited to attend an interview.

If you require further information regarding the admissions process, please email enquiries@think-northeast.net
Recruitment to the course is robust and designed to identify candidates who are resilient and who can thrive on our programme. Candidates invited to attend an interview will receive an email with full details of their scheduled interview. In the event of continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the interview will be held online via MS Teams, using a similar format to the one outlined below.

The interview will explore the interviewee’s potential and previous knowledge, skills or experience that is beneficial to their role as a trainee teacher. There will also be an opportunity for candidates to ask any questions they may have.

The interview offers candidates different ways to demonstrate their potential to be successful. The first opportunity is a short presentation, prepared in advance, and this is followed by several interview questions relating to the teaching profession and contemporary issues. The final activity is an in-tray task that is designed to highlight a candidate’s logical thinking and organisation.

Applicants offered a place to train with us are required to forward relevant qualifications and ID associated with DBS. 
You will receive notification of a decision shortly after your interview.

If you are successful, we will update DfE Apply offering you either a conditional or unconditional place on the programme and will write to you confirming the details of your offer.

Offers of a training place with Think North East are conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and full instructions on how to apply will be provided.