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teacher training

Course applications run from October through the portal. Find us by searching NIoT@North East SCITT (L06)

Course code 2KG2


Course length
11 months

Course fee

The qualities that make an outstanding English teacher

An English teacher should be enthusiastic and easily convey a love of their subject, a love of literature. They should be ready to question, to ask why. They should be curious and look to instil that curiosity in their pupils. An English teacher inspires, they encourage a pupil to believe in themselves

Subject knowledge needed to teach English

English teachers have a good general knowledge of English literature, and they possess strong English language skills. Subject knowledge can be developed prior to starting the course through access to our Subject Knowledge Enhancement materials. English applicants will be provided with a reading list which informs them of some key texts to read. The BBC Bitesize website is a good starting point to develop any areas of weakness also. We would recommend viewing the English National Curriculum as this will give you an overview of which topics are covered in schools. 

A good starting point for improving your subject knowledge, or working on any areas of weakness is the BBC Bitesize website. Looking at the National Curriculum for this subject will also be beneficial, as it will give you an overview of which topics are covered. 

Why teaching English is important

English gives a pupil the opportunity to explore all aspects of life through stories, studying characters and themes as well as authorial intent. By doing this, a pupil finds out about themselves. English encourages a pupil to explore worlds through studying a text as all life is there. English develops a pupil’s ability to communicate effectively in the world and acts as a door into an understanding of other subjects. By studying English, pupils become more tolerant.

Overview of our English  course


  • Sept: Core training and mini placements 

  • Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation

  • Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Newcastle University Teaching Conference (1 week)

  • Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements

  • Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation

  • Feb-May: Second teaching placement  (11 weeks) 

  • Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview



We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert English teachers during your two teaching placements. 

The benefits of training to teach English with North East SCITT

At North East SCITT, your PGCE is awarded by Birmingham University

Our lead school, The Academy at Shotton Hall, is one of only 23 Research Schools in the UK

Complete your initial teacher training year with North East SCITT in just 11 months

We work in partnership with over 60 education providers across the North East

Secondary teacher training courses

(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):


To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.

Brush up on your subject knowledge

You may be eligible for a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before you start your teacher training year. The programmes are available to enhance or refresh subject knowledge. Find out more information here.

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Lisa Keech

Career changer

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What our trainees say about us...

"Fantastic all round training. What has really stood out for me is how supportive the whole SCITT team have been throughout the year. The highlight was my second placement which was excellent and the perfect fit!"

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