sacred heart
newcastle scitt

Offering QTS with PGCE

2024 to 2025 Recruitment cycle

Come and meet the team - 'Train to Teach' Event
St James Park, BaRRack Rd, Newcastle

bespoke initial teacher training
in the heart of newcastle

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT is the largest school-based Initial Teacher Training partnership in the North East.  Our partner schools cover 4 Local Authorities from Northumberland to Durham.

We are passionate about recruiting, training and subsequently employing the very best graduates into the teaching profession. As a partnership of over 50 schools, we offer a unique route into teaching, with a bespoke centre & school-based training programme which blends the best of both worlds; on the job experience and high-quality academic study.

Join us and gain QTS with a PGCE (awarded by Newcastle University).

our vision & approach to training

To us, a trainee is not just a trainee, but a member of our professional family.  

We believe the very best place to develop highly effective teaching is in the classroom, supported by expert practitioners and so our trainees start their journey immersed in school life from day 1 and the ‘school centred’ approach we take is key to the training we provide.  

Our SCITT vision is rooted in a set of core values and intentions that guide every aspect of our teacher training programme, shaping the future of education:

1. Excellence in Teaching and Learning: We strive for excellence in teaching and learning, embracing innovation and best practices to equip our trainees with the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical insights needed for impactful and transformative teaching. Our robust curriculum is ambitious, evidence informed and carefully sequenced to complement trainees’ experiences on school-based practice.  

2. Inclusive and Diverse Education: We champion an inclusive and diverse education system, fostering an environment where differences are celebrated, and all students have equal access to quality education. Our trainees experience classrooms that reflect and respect the richness of diversity and learn how to embody an inclusive approach to teaching in their own practice.

3. Collaborative Partnership: We believe in the power of collaboration and community engagement and due to the extensive reach of our partnership, we can offer trainees experience in some of the most successful schools in the Northeast of England. Our trainees benefit from the guidance of experienced subject experts and from skilled mentors trained to coach and support them to become the best teachers they can be.

4. Reflective Practice and Professional Growth: We promote a culture of evaluative practice, encouraging continuous self-reflection and professional growth. Our trainees develop the habit of critically analysing their teaching practices, fostering a mindset of lifelong learning and improvement. Our in-house links to one of the most popular regional providers of the Early Careers Framework (ECF) mean we are well placed to support trainees to enter their ECT years ready to thrive and with a thirst to continually grow and develop.

5. Ethical Leadership and Integrity: We instil ethical leadership and integrity in our trainees, emphasizing the importance of moral and ethical conduct in the teaching profession. Our goal is to nurture educators who serve as positive role models for their students and colleagues.

6. Student-Centered Approach: A student-centered approach is at the core of our training programme. We empower our trainees to understand and respond to the individual needs of their students, promoting a holistic approach to education that goes beyond academic achievement.

7. Resilience and Adaptability: In a rapidly changing educational landscape, we emphasise the development of resilience and adaptability. Our trainees are prepared to navigate challenges with grace, embracing change as an opportunity for growth and improvement.

8. Commitment to Social Justice: We are committed to social justice in education, striving to address and eliminate disparities in educational opportunities. Our trainees are equipped with the knowledge and skills to promote equity and fairness in their classrooms and beyond. In essence, our vision for SCITT transcends conventional teacher training; it is a commitment to shaping educators who not only excel in their profession but also contribute positively to the broader community, leaving an enduring impact on the lives of the students they teach.

We are looking for individuals who believe passionately in the power of education to transform lives. We know great teachers can have a significant impact on the life chances of our students. In our training programme you will work and learn from some of the best teachers in the business.  ​Train with us and you’ll be based in schools that care about your future as an educator. From day 1 you’ll be treated like a member of staff (although we won't ask you to teach until you have developed the skills through our training programme), whilst also having the benefits of university life through our integrated ePGCE programme (Newcastle University). In choosing to train with us, you will be joining an organisation of expert practitioners, with a track record of supporting and producing the very best teachers.  You will make life-long friends on the course, supporting each other on your journey. As a Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT trainee, you will have a tailored training programme based on your prior experience, areas of interest and identified needs. In-school Mentors and Professional Tutors will always be on hand to offer advice and monitor your progress. We see the success (and employment) of our trainees as key to improving the quality of teaching and raising achievement for all students in the region.

OUR PGCE & Masters credits

As part of your SCITT programme, you will also receive your QTS and an internationally recognised and respected ITT qualification from Newcastle University, an (employment based) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (ePGCE).  

Master’s Credits: Your ePGCE will count as 60 credits towards a master’s degree – a third of the credits needed for the full qualification.

our training commitment to you

testimonials from previous trainees

TIM - science

“If you’re considering applying for a school centred teacher training programme, I would highly recommend it. It is dynamic and rewarding, you will learn a substantial amount from different members of staff, including those outside your own department. In addition to your subject specific training, you will have a pastoral role to fulfil; this is hugely beneficial and definitely adds another dimension to your training. As a Newcastle SCITT trainee, you feel a part of the school and are treated as a full member of staff. It has been an incredible experience for me so far and I would recommend it to anyone considering a career in teaching.”

anna - maths

"The training provided by Newcastle SCITT is deliveredby an incredibly supportive team, who enabled me to grow from being somebodywho had never stood in front of a class, to achieving my goal of becoming anoutstanding teacher. The staff make the effort to get to know each individualtrainee, which created a warm and supportive environment from day one. Withinthe school, the mentors and departments are all dedicated to guiding andhelping you, as they always ensure they set aside time to answer any questionsyou may have."

charlotte - geography

"The quality of training I received throughout the programme was exceptional and invaluable towards becoming an outstanding teacher."

steph - re

"The programme at Sacred Heart exceeded my expectations. The level of support that is given by all members of staff involved is outstanding and the mentors are well educated in what is required for their students to succeed."

joe - history

“Sacred Heart SCITT equipped me to hit the ground running and succeed in my first year teaching. The comprehensive training is delivered by passionate staff. The guidance, support and expertise of the providers gave me the confidence and ability to be the best teacher I can be.”

olivia - english

I would recommend Sacred Heart SCITT because of their dedication to supporting their trainees and ensuring they have confidence going into their ECT year. I feel like I progressed both personally and professionally due to the expertise of the facilitators and the qualified speakers during the sessions. Everyone I met demonstrated such a strong work ethic and were inspiring to be around; I particularly found the Subject Specialist sessions from the English Department invaluable.

leanne - primary

"The SCITT course enabled me to not only complete my teacher training but to spend more time in my placement school and other schools for training, this was a perfect route for me to complete my training through Sacred Heart SCITT, the team are professional and friendly and offer support throughout the whole course"

ismah - english

"The SCITT training was very useful. It was full of achievable practical tips and advice that I could try in my own lessons with ease. It was also convenient that the sessions were planned around the assignments and went hand in hand with the EPGCE sessions."

GRACE - english

"My experience training to teach at Sacred Heart High School (SCITT)  has been invaluable. The skills, qualities and level of training has been extremely positive. The progress and journey I took during the year equipped me immensely for my ECT journey. The level of support, the dynamic training sessions, and the well thought out programme was a catalyst, and has put me in good stead to becoming a successful teaching professional. I highly recommend this pathway into teaching’"

black & minority ethnic recruitment

We are very keen to support potential applicants from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are interested in going into the teaching profession. You may like to contact us directly for further advice on how we can support you or seek specialist support from our partner organisation MERIT