Why train here?

The Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance has developed a strong network of schools to deliver a dynamic School Direct teacher training programme. We work in partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities offering one year full time School Direct tuition placements in primary and secondary settings leading to a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Our Alliance is led by the The King Edward VI School based in Morpeth approximately 20 minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne. We are an outstanding school and have a rich history and a longstanding reputation for academic excellence, and continue to be a central part of the local and regional community.

“Teachers are highly skilled and enthusiastic; they are relentless in their drive to help students to achieve their very best.” OFSTED 2014

You would become part of this long established partnership of schools that work closely together to share good practice and learn from each other. We believe passionately in the school based route into teaching and are dedicated to using our knowledge, skills and expertise to train the next generation of teachers. We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of host schools including first, middle schools and high schools. In our schools trainees feel valued and supported. They have access to a high quality training programme and engage in a wide variety of experiences. Each trainee is assigned a mentor, an expert teacher carefully selected for their ability to develop the practice of new entrants to the profession, allowing them to fulfil their potential to become outstanding practitioners.

Our pledges to our trainee teachers are to:

If you have any questions, please contact us on 01670 501 537 or email 3rts@the3rivers.net.

School Direct

School Direct is a way for passionate and enthusiastic people to train to become teachers. You will be trained in a highly professional and supportive environment and will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable you to plan and deliver engaging learning experiences for pupils of all abilities and dispositions.

Trainees are based in schools to gain qualified teacher status, and work with a local university to achieve a PGCE with 60 Masters credits.

The next round of applications opens in October 2019 for courses starting in September 2020.

The Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance will be offering School Direct places in the following areas:

You will be placed in one of our host high schools, where you will complete most of your training. You will begin your training on the first day of term in September. You will be treated as a member of staff from the outset.