What Our Graduates Say

The course is now in its twelfth year, and we have successfully trained over 300 teachers. Here are just some of their comments:


"I chose the North Tyneside course because it has a reputation for training great teachers. The course adapts to individual needs, I felt supported and valued throughout my training, and – most importantly – I feel ready to teach. The tutors have a fantastic relationship with the North Tyneside schools and I was welcomed into this network as a professional from the start. The relationships I have formed will continue to support me throughout my career."
Jo Cunningham, aged 26, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2015.

"By choosing North Tyneside Council’s SCITT, you will be giving yourself the chance to be part of not only a course community, but to become established within an authority. The level of training and experience offered allows you to become an outstanding trainee and eventually an outstanding teacher. All of this requires immense support, and on this course you feel like one of four, not one of forty."
Chris Youldon, aged 24, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2015.



"The course, the tutors and lecturers are all fantastic and the high level of support given throughout the year has made it one of the best (and most challenging) years of my life!"

Laura Bell, aged 23, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2014.

"Fantastic course, brilliant leadership and support!"

Sarah Moore, aged 24, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2014.



"The programme is extremely well designed and delivered in order to provide trainee teachers with everything needed to be outstanding teachers; it is simply brilliant."
 Chloe Webley, aged 25, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2013.

"I've had a wonderful time on the SCITT course and would recommend it to anyone."

Amelia Devereux, aged 22, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2013.


"This was a career change for me, as I am a qualified accountant, and the course was my first choice as it is so highly regarded. The lecturers are all dedicated professionals, with many still work in schools practising themselves. I found them inspiring."

Paul Carruthers, aged 40, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2012.

"The tutors were fantastic, taking the time to get to know us and providing high quality, informative lectures. The support staff were also invaluable and when the going got tough, their words of wisdom and encouragement really helped me."

Colleen Cummings, aged 37, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2012.



"I left behind a 12-year career as a business manager for an international telecommunications company, to train to be a teacher, and I now teach Year One at Star of the Sea Primary School in Whitley Bay.

I chose the North Tyneside SCITT because of its reputation and 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted. The best thing about my training was the tutors and strong school network; there were just so many opportunities to observe and be part of lessons hosted by outstanding teachers, as well as work on placement at outstanding schools.

I'm so glad I decided to teach. I can see the difference I make, every day, and it's truly rewarding."
Steve Weddle, aged 35, North Tyneside SCITT graduate 2011.