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Newcastle and Durham become partners to provide teacher training

29 March 2023

Durham University and Newcastle University are entering into a new partnership to support the delivery of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in North East

Exciting opportunities

The partnership will open 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

There is no change for Newcastle’s PGCE students.

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.

New students commencing September 2024

There will be no change for Newcastle’s PGCE students

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.

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.

Teachers have trained at Newcastle University for more than 130 years and the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences has an international reputation for its research. Around 160 teachers are trained at Newcastle every year, working closely with more than 100 primary, secondary and middle schools across the region to ensure its students reach the highest standards of initial teacher training and education.

To find out more about Initial Teacher Training at Newcastle Education:

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