Durham & Newcastle Universities Team Up for Teacher Training in NE England

Durham University

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Durham University and Newcastle University are entering into a new partnership to support the delivery of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in North East England, opening up exciting opportunities for the future training of teachers in the region.

From September 2024, the partnership will provide high quality teacher training, drawing upon both universities’ world-renowned expertise in education and research as well as the professional expertise of their partnership schools across the North East.

Current students and those commencing September 2023

Current Durham students and prospective students who successfully apply for courses with Durham University beginning in September 2023 will continue to have their qualifications accredited by Durham University until their completion.

This applies to all Primary and Secondary PGCE courses and Durham’s three year-undergraduate BA (Primary Education) degree programme.

There is no change for Newcastle’s PGCE students.

New students commencing September 2024

Students who begin their ITT with Durham University from September 2024 will have their professional (Qualified Teacher Status) qualification accredited by Newcastle University as a Department for Education accredited ITT provider, but their academic qualification – PGCE or BA (Primary Education) – will remain a Durham University award.

There will be no change for Newcastle’s PGCE students.

Rich legacy of teacher training

This partnership builds upon a long and rich legacy of teacher training at both Durham and Newcastle universities.

It will ensure the two universities continue to provide high-quality teachers to local schools and will offer exciting opportunities to build upon and strengthen their contributions to teacher education both regionally and nationally.

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