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PLEASE NOTE: Applications are OPEN for September 2021.

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.

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 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 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

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

"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 (

Tel. (0191) 274 7373

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