Train To Teach

Why train to teach with Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance?

By choosing to train to teach with Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance you will learn first hand from outstanding teachers and be immersed in school life from the outset.

Whether you are a new graduate, about to graduate or you are considering a career change, our school direct initial teacher training courses, will provide you with the foundation you need for your career in teaching

It is a unique partnership between primary and secondary schools, working with young people aged 3-19 years. There are 14 schools: 9 primary and 5 secondary, who work in partnership across the North East.


Click here if you would like to find out more about our unique RE School Direct Teacher Training programme supported by the Hild and Bede Trust with a bursary top up to the value of £10,000

Our School Direct Programme

Our route offers trainees an extended professional practice placements in one main school ( your home school), supplemented by an additional placement ( around 6 weeks) in a contrasting school. Trainees will also spend time at Durham SCITT working in their purpose built training centre with their team of subject specialists, attending general professional study sessions and following a programme of enhancements. This ensures an experience of teaching in different settings.

PGCE – Level 7 Qualification – 60 Masters credits

The PGCE element of the course is delivered in association with The University of Sunderland. You will have a personal tutor and will be fully supported during your academic study. The University of Sunderland ‘World Leading’ research in Education, according to the Latest Framework ( REF). Blend theoretical knowledge with action research through two assignments that complements the classroom practice element of the course.

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There are more great reasons to pursue a career in teaching than ever before and more of the best graduates and professionals are training to teach.

Rewards of teaching

As most teachers will tell you, there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ day at work. That’s because no two days are the same – you’re unlikely ever to be bored by a lack of variety. It’s also a career that offers great benefits, opportunities for you to use a wide range of skills and inspire students in the subject you love.

Make a difference and inspire the next generation

You may remember a truly brilliant teacher from school who made a real difference to your life. As a teacher you can use your knowledge and passion for your subject to help children unlock capabilities and talents that they didn’t even know they had. You’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills for yourself in the process, too.

In addition to planning and teaching a range of engaging lessons, you can indulge in your hobbies and interests as part of your work by getting involved in after-school clubs, trips or sport.

A career for the future

As well as job satisfaction, teaching also offers great employment prospects and job security:

  • 94% of newly qualified teachers were employed in a teaching role within six months of completing training
  • as a good teacher, you’ll always be in demand

And, once you qualify, there are lots of chances for good teachers to climb the career ladder.

A competitive salary and great benefits

Financial support while you train

Useful links

The Department for Education, Get into Teaching website
Dispelling myths about school-led teacher training
Gaining school experience
Register for a train to teach event

Bursaries and Funding
Life as a teacher

Department for Education