School Direct is a way for passionate and enthusiastic people to train to become teachers. You will be trained in a highly professional and supportive environment and will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable you to plan and deliver engaging learning experiences for pupils of all abilities and dispositions.

Trainees are based in schools to gain qualified teacher status, and work with a local university to achieve a PGCE with 60 Masters credits.

The Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance has developed a strong network of schools to deliver a dynamic School Direct teacher training programme. We work in partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities offering one year full time School Direct tuition placements in primary and secondary settings leading to a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Our Alliance is led by the The King Edward VI School based in Morpeth approximately 20 minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne. We are an outstanding school and have a rich history and a longstanding reputation for academic excellence, and continue to be a central part of the local and regional community.

“Teachers are highly skilled and enthusiastic; they are relentless in their drive to help students to achieve their very best.” OFSTED 2014

The next round of applications opens in October 2019 for courses starting in September 2020.

You will be placed in one of our host high schools, where you will complete most of your training. You will begin your training on the first day of term in September. You will be treated as a member of staff from the outset.

For more information about School Direct please visit our website

If you have any questions, please contact us on 01670 501 537 or email

Thinking of applying for Secondary PE or Primary with PE Specialism please visit our partner North East Partnership SCITT:

The largest physical education provider in the north east of England and one of the largest in the country. 

The last three Ofsted judgements have been outstanding and in 2013 they were graded outstanding in every category. In 2013 they were identified as the top secondary SCITT in the country and in 2015 as the best provider in the country.