Schools helping train next batch of PE teachers

L to R: Newly qualified PE teacher and ex SCITT trainee Claire Watson; Helen Ostell, programme leader for the North East Partnership SCITT; Shaun Porter, director at The Education Network; Michelle Olsen-Giles, Education Network consultant; and Tom Bodley, newly qualified PE teacher and former SCITT trainee. Picture by Simon Willams/Crest Photography.

L to R: Newly qualified PE teacher and ex SCITT trainee Claire Watson; Helen Ostell, programme leader for the North East Partnership SCITT; Shaun Porter, director at The Education Network; Michelle Olsen-Giles, Education Network consultant; and Tom Bodley, newly qualified PE teacher and former SCITT trainee. Picture by Simon Willams/Crest Photography.

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Two North Tyneside schools are playing a key role in helping train PE teachers of the future.

Recruitment specialist The Education Network has joined with the North East Partnership SCITT to support the development and employment of the next generation of physical education (PE) teachers.

The new partnership will support 37 trainee PE teachers from September 2015 and help them into full time employment in local schools and schools further afield once qualified.

The course is delivered by a consortium of 30 local secondary schools covering nine local authorities across the north east.

John Spence Community High School in North Shields is the lead school and Wallsend-based Churchill Community College, a newly designated Teaching School in North Tyneside, is the associate lead school. Northumbria University is the awarding body.

Kevin Gill, managing director at The Education Network, said: “We are committed to helping raise the standards of education through innovative partnerships and are therefore delighted to join forces with the North East Partnership SCITT to support the training and development of a new generation of outstanding PE teachers.”

Helen Ostell, programme leader for the North East Partnership SCITT, added: “We firmly believe that if young people are to benefit from PE and sport they should be taught by outstanding practitioners who are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject and can engage young people through creative and innovative delivery.

“We are looking forward to working with The Education Network to ensure that our trainees are employed in schools throughout the North East and further afield.’’