North Tyneside’s outstanding teacher training programme is searching for its next cohort of aspiring trainee teachers.

The course is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme, where learners can secure Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, validated by Northumbria University.

Combining extensive classroom-based experience with expert guidance and support, it offers everything needed to succeed in teaching and has been recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Ofsted inspectors particularly noted the high levels of skills and abilities of SCITT trainees and newly qualified teachers when observed in their school settings, including managing pupils’ behaviour, planning for different ability groups and encouraging pupils to take a conscientious attitude to their learning.

In past years, 100 per cent of SCITT students have said they were very satisfied with their training and would recommend the training course to others.

Martin Murphy, who was a trainee with SCITT on the 2014/15 course, said: “I was drawn to the school-centred nature of SCITT and the passion and diligence of the staff.  It was obvious that they wanted to provide the best possible outcomes for their students.

“The extensive time the course offers working in schools really gave me the confidence to have my own classroom – although no-one is really sure of themselves the first time the door shuts and you are on your own.

“I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of changing careers and looking for a training programme that will see them as a person, not just another trainee.”

SCITT equips trainees with the necessary subject knowledge and practical skills to be able to teach anywhere. Trainees will also be provided with a free laptop for the duration of the course, free Wi-Fi access and free office printing.

For more information or to find out how to apply, call (0191) 643 8855 or visitwww.ntscitt.org.uk.