Secondary School Direct teacher training programme

Secondary School Teacher Training - Whitburn Church of England AcademyWhitburn Church of England Academy is an Outstanding Secondary School and is the lead school for Secondary School Teacher Training in the Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance (PBTSA) Together with our strategic partners; we offer our secondary school teacher training programme across the North East. We provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Durham SCITT ( School Centred Initial Teacher Training) graded Outstanding by Ofsted.


How to apply for Secondary Teacher Training with PBTSA

Click here for further details of our secondary programme

Click here to review our interactive Secondary Teacher Training Guide

STEP 1 – Do you meet our entry requirements?

STEP 2 –  Apply on UCAS – enter provider code 23F followed by your chosen subject codes below CLICK HERE

Art and Design 3D5F Mathematics Maths Scholarships – OPEN 2JGP
Biology 2YM2 Modern Foreign Languages (French) 2JGQ
Business Studies 36PP Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish 32QN
Chemistry 2RTP Music 3D5K
Computer Studies 36PZ Physical Education 3D5L
English 2HJ9 Physics 2JGN
Geography 2JGM Religious Education – Click below – Hild & Bede 2RTJ
History 2HJJ Hild & Bede RE Programme – Bursary top up of £10,000

–  Await a response from your chosen provider

STEP 4 – Attend an interview  ( should you have met the criteria)

STEP 5 – Been offered a place? We will talk you through what happens next

Applications for initial teacher training starting in September 2020 will open on the UCAS teacher training system in October 2019

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses

If you are thinking of applying for a train to teach place with PBTSA but you are worried about your subject knowledge, then all is not lost. If you have a degree related to the subject you wish to teach combined with an A Level at grade C or above we can still consider your application by gaining ‘subject knowledge enhancement’ ( SKE) a condition of your entry

The length of a SKE course can vary from  an eight-week refresher course to 28 weeks, which will depend upon the required specialist knowledge you’ll need to teach the subject effectively.

There is also further information regarding SKE on the Tes Institute and DfE websites 

Interested in specialising in RE with a bursary top up!

If you are interested in training to be an RE teacher but are unsure as to whether you have an appropriate degree, we have a unique programme suited to your needs. Supported by the Hild and Bede Trustwe have developed our own SKE programme which will provide you with the core knowledge required to be a successful teacher of RE. Trainees will receive dedicated SKE sessions, based on individual needs and delivered by experienced teachers. This bespoke programme which is the first of its kind also offers a bursary top up to the value of £10,000. For further details please contact or

Whitburn Church of England Academy – South Tyneside – contact:

Website pages of our partner schools below:

Whitburn Church of England Academy  – South Tyneside

Newcastle High School For Girls – Newcastle

St Hild’s Church of England Secondary School  – Hartlepool

Venerable Bede  Church of England Academy – Sunderland


Come and spend a day with us?

If you would like to attend one of our subject specific school experience days, please register for one of the dates below, however should you not be able to make one of the below dates then please do still make contact and we can work with you to accommodate alternative dates.

Our subject specific school experience days provide you with:

  • The opportunity to discuss a career in teaching with senior leaders and teaching staff.
  • A tour of the school
  • A chance to observe lessons
  • Advice on how you can gain experience in a classroom to support your application.
  • Details of our school experience programme
  • Advice about how to apply

School experience days

Whitburn Church of England Academy – South Tyneside – Thursday 24th October 2019 – contact –

Whitburn Church of England Academy – South Tyneside – Thursday 7th November 2019 – contact – 7th November 2019

Newcastle High School For Girls – Newcastle- contact: 

St Hilds Church of England Academy – Stockton – contact

Venerable Bede Church of England Academy – Sunderland – contact

If you are a new graduate, or about to graduate or are considering a change of career, then you need to register your interest now by completing the form below and we will be in touch.

Please note :

If you do not have an up to date CV, then please do still register your interest below an this can be forwarded at a later date

If you wish to attend a Secondary School Experience day or register for our programme, please complete the form below:

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