Train to Teach

Initial Teacher Training at Castle View Enterprise Academy

School Direct (University of Sunderland)

Castle View Enterprise Academy has an excellent reputation for providing ITT through our partnerships with local universities, SCITTs and School Direct providers.  We have extensive experience of running and supporting successful ITT programmes including School Direct and PGCE placements for the University of Sunderland, Newcastle University and Durham University.  Using this experience and expertise, we have worked with the University of Sunderland to develop our School Direct training programme and we are now the Lead School for all secondary School Direct placements through the University of Sunderland.

Within our School Direct alliance we have worked with the following North East schools:

  • Belmont Community College
  • Durham School
  • King James I Academy
  • King’s Priory
  • Oxclose Community Academy
  • Villa Real

We are recruiting to the following subjects for 2022-2023:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • MFL
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education

All applications should be submitted through the Department for Education Apply

Course Structure

The training you receive will take place within school and the University of Sunderland. You will start the academic year at your school placement.  You will usually spend one full day a week at the University of Sunderland, plus induction days and review weeks. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. The School of Education at the University of Sunderland is rated The Best in England, Top in the North East and 2nd overall in the UK. (The Guardian’s University Guide 2020 League Tables for Education -

Work-based learning will be based in your school. You will have a subject mentor and a generic mentor. You will be assessed with written assignments and through the assessment of your teaching practice.

Our School Direct programme requires you to complete a teaching placement in two of the schools within our alliance.  You will complete the majority of your teaching practice in your lead school. You will also complete a shorter teaching practice (normally five weeks) in one of our partner schools.  There will be the opportunity for trainees to visit other schools in the alliance for additional training opportunities including lesson observations and post-16 teaching experience.

This School Direct (Tuition) Post Graduate Certificate of Education degree awards you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

Entry requirements

You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language.  If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

In addition, you must also have:

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  This will be completed with the University of Sunderland once you have been offered and accepted a place on the course.
A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92).
A pass on the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department for Education. These must be completed before we can confirm your place on the course.

The tuition fee for the School Direct programme is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU.
  • £10,750 if you are an international student.

Many secondary subjects are eligible for a bursary.

Information on funding and bursaries can be found at Get Into Teaching Funding 

How we select our trainees

You will be invited into the Academy.  The process usually takes half a day during which you may do some of the following:

  • have a tour of the Academy;
  • deliver a teaching episode to a KS3 class; 
  • have the opportunity to discuss the programme with both Academy staff and staff from the University of Sunderland;
  • have the opportunity to meet the subject and generic mentors;
  • complete a short written task;
  • have an interview with the School Direct lead and a member of University staff.

For more information on School Direct:

School Direct
(Emmanuel College, Newcastle University) 

Teaching is, undoubtedly, one of the most rewarding vocations and the Emmanuel Teacher Training Partnership (ETTP) provides an excellent start to a career in teaching. We believe there is a great deal to celebrate within the profession and we are devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people. Through our commitment to train passionate highly-motivated experts, we ensure that the most talented teachers will serve our children for generations to come. We offer superb Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers wanting to join the teaching profession. Schools within the alliance have a reputation for outstanding leaders and inspirational teachers who enable students to achieve their personal best and exceed expectations. We believe that the best place to train is in the classroom; we give trainee teachers the opportunity to be at the heart of school life from the very first day of the academic year, where they will be fully supported by classroom teachers, mentors and professional tutors throughout their training.

ETTP and their partners have more than twenty years’ experience in school-led ITT, working with a range of universities across the country. School Direct is a training course which blends together in-school training with research-led practice undertaken at universities. Our School Direct programme, which started in September 2013, allows high calibre trainee teachers to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and a PGCE at Masters Level with Newcastle University; we have worked with this institution for many years and have developed strong relationships which ensure that all of our trainees’ training needs are met.

ETTP Primary (Key Stage 1 and 2) ITE partners:

  • St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Newcastle
  • Oakfield Infant and Junior Schools, Gateshead
  • Bede Academy (South), Northumberland
  • Castletown Primary School, Sunderland
  • Christ’s College, Sunderland

ETTP Secondary (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5) ITE partners:

  • Emmanuel College, Gateshead
  • Bede Academy (North), Northumberland 
  • Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sunderland
  • Christ’s College, Sunderland
  • Grace College, Gateshead
  • The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough

Enquiries or visits to the schools within ETTP are most welcome, please email Carole Clark [email protected] or call 0191 460 2099. If you want to find out further information about ETTP then please click here.

Secondary School Experience Days

Having school experience will strengthen your application to any ITT programme.  To support you with this, the Academy hosts one day school experience days.

During our school experience days you will:

  • have the opportunity to talk to teachers about day-to-day school life;
  • meet with our ITT mentors;
  • observe a range of lessons across Key Stage 3 and 4;
  • have the opportunity to talk to the ITT lead about your options for teacher training;
  • tour the Academy;
  • gain evidence to support your UCAS application.

For more information on School Experience Days:

For more information about our School Direct programme and our School Experience Days please contact Mrs Allan (Junior Assistant Vice Principal) [email protected]