North Tyneside teacher training provider celebrating outstanding Ofsted

Future primary school teachers in North Tyneside are receiving ‘outstanding’ training Ofsted has announced today (16 June 2023).

‘Well-planned, well-curated and well-delivered, this is an outstanding provider of initial teacher education’. That’s Ofsted key takeaway from a recent in-depth inspection of North Tyneside’s School Based Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.

14 years after first achieving the highest possible rating, the programme is continuing to thrive.

Described as offering ‘an exceptional quality of teacher training’, it has supported hundreds of students to fulfil their aspirations of running their own classrooms.

The rigorous inspection looked at every aspect of the year-long programme and found that trainees benefit from a ‘tightly planned programme’ where ‘lecturers, school-based tasks, relevant research and school placements knit together to give trainees a seamless experience.’

The knowledge, expertise, and skills of the SCITT leaders was praised too. The report explains how leaders are ‘inspirational, caring’ and ‘highly ambitious’, constantly looking for feedback to further improve the programme.

Based in the Langdale Centre in Wallsend, it’s a ‘small and supportive programme with a clear moral purpose’ where ‘trainees learn to place children at the heart of everything they do’.

Cllr Steven Phillips, Cabinet Member for Education, Inclusion, Employment and Skills at North Tyneside Council, said: “As someone who proudly works as a teacher, I’m absolutely delighted to be sharing the news that our programme has once again been recognised for it’s outstanding offer.

“The feedback in the report truly showcases just how fantastic this programme is and the opportunities it gives to those on the course to grow and thrive as a teacher.

“It’s a real testament to the commitment of the SCITT team and our fantastic partner schools, and I look forward to continuing to watch the scheme flourish and provide even more highly skilled teachers to our borough. Well done everyone!”

North Tyneside SCITT is recruiting for it’s September 2023 programme now.

Applicants for the course must have an honours degree at 2:2 or above and must have gained grade C/4 or above in English, mathematics, and science GCSE or equivalent qualification.

The full report can be found here.