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Monday 18th July 2022, 8.45am - 2.00pm
or Tuesday 19th July 2022, 8.45am - 2.00pm.


Do you want to train to teach in an outstanding post-16 school?

We run a school-based PCET course, in association with the University of Sunderland, and are recruiting for September.


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Train to Teach (PCET)

Do you want to train to teach in an outstanding post-16 school?

We run a school-based PCET course, in association with the University of Sunderland, and are recruiting for September.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Sue Barnard, Programme Lead for ITT and PCET.

If you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, we can offer you a course that will satisfy a range of needs. If you are a new graduate, are about to graduate or perhaps considering a change of career, our unique school-based initial teacher training course will provide everything you need to launch a great career as a

Are you enthusiastic? Talented? Highly motivated and passionate about your subject? If you have a good degree and possess these qualities then we would love to hear from you.

Why Teach?

Teaching is a hugely rewarding career which allows you to make a difference to students lives, while developing your own skills and interacting with a wide range of interesting people. It is a challenging profession which requires resilience, dedication and a love of the job but the benefits of knowing you have
played a part in shaping a young person’s life are worth all the hard work.

How do we differ to other PCET courses on offer?

Our PCET is a School centred initial teacher training programme, accredited by Sunderland University, which is delivered to trainees. Training as part of a PCET gives you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning. You will benefit from working and learning every day in an outstanding school and getting an immediate insight into what teaching involves. A PCET allows you to specialise in Post 16 education while gathering evidence to support QTS, this will allow you to further enhance your teacher training qualification and teach in secondary schools.

The course would be delivered by our well qualified staff who possess a high level of expertise which allows us to deliver a bespoke course in which students can immerse themselves in post 16 education. While on the course, trainees will benefit from this vast knowledge and experience, demonstrated through the academic programme we have devised which covers a broad range of training areas. These areas include an introduction to teaching and learning, embedding effective assessment, enrichment and developing action research skills. Teaching will be supported by contemporary academic writing and educational research to ensure trainees are provided with a thorough knowledge of current educational policy and practice. In addition trainees will spend two days in department areas teaching, mentoring and supporting teachers. The programme has been designed in line with other PCET courses with an additional dual specialism element and will be accredited by Sunderland University.

Durham Sixth Form offers over 50 subjects, which means the dual award PCET offers a wide range of dual subject options for trainees which will complement their existing knowledge and skills and equip trainees with the ability to deliver units within other subject areas using their unique skill set.

The PGCE Post compulsory Education and training (PCET) is a fee paying course delivered in-house at Durham Sixth Form and accredited by Sunderland University. Student Finance is available to assist with fees and there are bursaries available for certain subjects which will offer additional financial support. 

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