School Direct

Thinking about Teaching as a Career?

What is School Direct Initial Teacher Training?

The Gateshead SCITT Alliance is a Consortium of SCITT Schools within Gateshead Authority.

Dunston Hill & Falla Park Community Primary Schools are the Lead Schools for applicants of School Direct. If you wish to apply for School Direct you will train within several Consortiums Schools directed by one of the Lead Schools.

Gateshead Primary SCITT is the accredited provider for the Gateshead SCITT Alliance and will deliver many aspects of the training. You will be working alongside outstanding practitioners and consultants at the forefront of teaching and learning. Training will be tailored to the needs of individuals and assessed by your Professional Tutor.

Falla Park Community Primary School and Dunston Hill Community Primary School will be recruiting high quality graduates for September 2017 through our School Direct Programme, working in partnership with the Gateshead Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme.

How does it work for us as a school leading on School Direct?

Falla Park Community Primary School and Dunston Hill Community Primary School are working in partnership with the Gateshead Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider to ensure that schools within the Tyneside area have the opportunity to engage with the selection, recruitment and professional development of trainee teachers.  By working closely with the SCITT we will be able to offer you an outstanding training experience.  This leading provider of initial teacher training has a proven and successful record of supporting the development of new entrants into the profession since 2003 and we are proud to have been closely involved in the programme from the outset.

Each school has been allocated three School Direct (tuition fee) places for the academic year 2017/18 where we will be taking on trainees whose training will be funded through the standard student support package of tuition fee loans, with training bursaries and scholarships available where eligible.

How will this benefit you?

We will recruit trainees that we believe will work best within our school.  We will then act as the ‘host school’ in which our trainees will gain experience of the full primary age range as well as have the opportunity to gain qualified teacher status within the 3-7 phase.  You will benefit further through high quality professional development opportunities provided by the SCITT and the resources of the University of Northumbria.  A designated training room and leading edge resources are provided at Lobley Hill Primary School where the SCITT is based.  This School Direct training programme will provide you with as much school based experience as possible which will be personalised to your individual training needs.  You will benefit from the ongoing support of a highly experienced professional tutor from within our school and a team of tutors through the SCITT with current experience and expertise in outstanding classroom practice and teacher training.  All trainees will have the opportunity to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with sixty credits at Masters Level which is validated through the University of Northumbria.  This qualification is recognised throughout the world.

What are our entry requirements?

  • A UK undergraduate degree with at least a 2:1 classification, or recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • Extensive, recent and relevant experience in a mainstream classroom with appropriate age phases prior to interview.
  • Evidence of an interest and enthusiasm for teaching children.
  • The Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths must be attained prior to commencing the course.

What we looking for?

We are looking for exceptional candidates with the drive, passion and commitment to become outstanding teachers.

How to apply

Applications open 18th October 2016 and must be through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application system at

Contact Us

Gateshead Primary SCITT
Lobley Hill Primary School
Rothbury Gardens
NE11 0AT
Tel:  0191 4334081
Fax: 0191 4334082


I believe one of the benefits of being a School Direct trainee is that it gives you the opportunity to experience teaching in a range of year groups within one school.  This allows you to be fully immersed in the daily routines of that school and understand what it is like to be a teacher, as well as part of a school community.  I have had nothing but positive experiences and support in my time on School Direct. 

Robert (2014/15 Trainee)