The Think North East School Direct initial teacher training is open to both recent graduates and career-changers.
You must have:
an undergraduate degree in your chosen subject area, 50% of which should be relevant to the subject you will teach. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.
GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above (or suitable equivalent) in both English Language and Mathematics. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.
If your undergraduate degree is not in the subject you are looking to teach, but you do hold an A-Level in your chosen subject, you may be able to apply for the course subject to successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. These courses are offered in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Languages, and English. If your chosen subject does not offer a SKE, you must meet the normal subject-specific entry requirements as listed above.
Please see the application page for more details about eligibility.
If you would like to visit one of our partner schools before applying, please contact the school directly. All applicants offered a place to train will also be invited to visit their placement school.
For up to date information about funding options, please visit this Get Into Teaching page.
No, we do not offer salaried placements. However, funding may be available to you. For up to date information about funding options please visit this Get Into Teaching page.
School Direct is a school-led route into initial teacher training (ITT), delivered through partnership between a lead school, other partner schools, and an accredited teacher training provider. This route enables teacher trainees to apply directly to their preferred placement school, allowing them to become a member of their placement school community from the outset.
Yes, although this varies by subject. Courses close once filled and so we recommend applying early.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a legal requirement to teach in all maintained schools in England. A Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is designed to increase academic knowledge and provides trainees with the flexibility to teach internationally. It combines experience from school placements with studying the theory behind teaching and learning. All Think North East trainees complete a PGCE with Durham University, earning 60 credits towards a Masters in Education if you choose to pursue this at a later date.
Yes! All of our trainees take part in training provided by Durham University and receive the same benefits of a Durham University student. As such, you will have access to their world-class university resources including online resources, student and library services.
The majority of the year is spent in your main placement school. Some of your training throughout the year will be delivered by Durham University, although this may take place remotely.
The course takes 10 months to complete, full time.
If your degree doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for one of our training programmes by completing a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. For more information about SKE courses, please visit this Get Into Teaching page.