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About the Course

Course Content

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training with the Swaledale Alliance provides in-school training in collaboration with our 58 partnership Primary Schools. With more than 60% of the programme involving practical application in the classroom, training is led by primary leading teachers, advanced skills teachers and recognised outstanding practitioners.


Course Structure

The Course consists of 40 weeks of full time, intensive training, commencing in September and finishing in July, during which there is a commitment to minimum contact hours of 9 – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Subject- specific and pedagogical training is predominantly delivered at High Force Education in Barnard Castle and is reinforced by school-based Tutorials. Opportunities for full class, micro and focused pupil teaching are further enhanced through participation in the ‘Outstanding Teacher Project’, which strives to develop aspects of practice to an ‘outstanding’ level.

Throughout the year, there is a requirement for three written assignments in addition to termly subject knowledge audits in Maths and English.

Teaching practice takes place in four different school placements and incorporates two assessed practices in two different key stages. Teaching is assessed continuously against the Teachers’ Standards, in addition to the maintenance of a portfolio of evidence and reflective journal.

Half- termly assessment reviews, with School-based Mentors and Professional Tutors, ensure that progress is tailored and personalised.

This course will include modules that cover the following:

  • Teambuilding
  • How to Reflect (reflective journals)
  • What makes a Good Teacher?
  • Standards Overview
  • Behaviour Management
  • Corporate Life
  • National Curriculum (subject knowledge)
  • Communication and Effective Relationships
  • Theorists (key educational theories, questioning)
  • National Expected Levels
  • Outstanding Teacher Project

Qualification Gained

On completion of the course, successful trainees will gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in Primary Education (4-11 years) and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education with 60 master level credits). Both qualifications are subject to validation by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.