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Applications for September 2022 are now open.

Bespoke Initial Teacher Training in the Heart of Newcastle

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT is the largest school-based Initial Teacher Training partnership in the Newcastle and Gateshead area.  We are passionate about recruiting, developing and employing the very best graduates into the profession. We offer a unique, bespoke 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)


There are over 30 Primary and Secondary schools in our partnership, located across Newcastle, Gateshead and nearby towns within County Durham and Northumberland.


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

Newcastle SCITT - School Centred Initial Teacher Training Graduate,

now teaching Geography at Sacred Heart. 

Our Approach to Training

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. 

"The training I received from the SCITT was exceptional. The progress I made throughout the course was far from what I ever expected. Not only did the training programme place me in good stead for my NQT year but it helped me to become more confident both in and out of the classroom. Everyone who I came across was kind, patient and only wanted to support the trainees as best they could - exactly what it is needed to help a trainee thrive."

Miss Cocks

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Trainee - History 2018/19



"If you’re considering a career in teaching, I highly recommend Sacred Heart SCITT. The training that I received was thorough, dynamic and invaluable. The level of support that is given by all members of staff is outstanding and I believe the programme was a great way to begin my teaching career." 

Miss Anderson

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Trainee – Psychology 2019/20

"This intense pathway into teaching was vital in becoming an exceptional role model and practitioner. The expertise and exceptional training provided, supported my goal of becoming an outstanding teacher of the future.”

Mr Proudlock

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Trainee – Music 2020/21

"Undertaking my initial teacher training at Sacred Heart has been a truly rewarding experience. The SCITT team have consistently demonstrated high levels of professionalism, organisation and work ethic throughout my training. It has been made evident, time and time again, that they clearly possess the skills required for developing highly qualified and successful teachers." 

Mr Dawson-Jones 

Music Teacher 2020-21

Our ePGCE and 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. 

“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.”


Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Trainee - 2017/18

Past Trainee

Our Training Commitment to You

  • A dedicated mentor overseeing every aspect of your development. 


  • Regular feedback, subject knowledge and support with your lesson planning. 


  • Subject and phase experts, offering advice and support throughout the year 


  • Staff in your school who are dedicated to your development 


  • Access to your dedicated SCITT Tutor and the central support team 


  • Continuous support and guidance to build your confidence and pedagogy  


  • Advice and ongoing support in effective behaviour management

Past Trainee

"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."


Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Trainee - 2015/16

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 (

BAME Recuitment

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


Miss Peplow

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Trainee - Maths 2018/19