Training to Teach

Teacher Training

At Northgate High School we have been supporting PGCE students extremely successfully for many years. Our CPD provision was highly praised in our recent Ofsted report and we have enthusiastic and highly experienced staff who value the process of mentoring students through their journey towards becoming excellent teachers. We currently have several staff who run workshops for a range of ITT providers and an Action Research Group that focuses specifically on mentoring Early Career Teachers.

School Direct at UEA

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School Direct Training Programme (Tuition)

Our School Direct Training Programmes for Academic Year 2022-23 are now open.

We are a designated Lead School for the UEA School Direct Secondary PGCE course. We are proud to work in partnership with schools across the area and aim to train and support our next generation of teachers. Schools within the partnership are Northgate High School, Copleston High School, East Bergholt High School, St Albans High School and Westbourne Academy. You will be placed in one of our partner schools where you will work with students across the secondary age range.

To search programmes via The Department of Education`s search tool, please use Northgate High School as the provider name. Our postcode is IP4 3DL.

To apply, please apply through the GOV.UK service called Apply for Teacher Training using our provider name, Northgate High School.

We offer the following Secondary School programmes across our partnership schools:

  • Biology (J853) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Chemistry (M874) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Physics (U142) PGCE with QTS full time
  • English (P095) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Geography (D641) PGCE with QTS full time
  • History (H977) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Mathematics (E810) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Mathematics with Computing (K052) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Modern Languages (French) (H508) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Modern Languages (German) (B893) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Modern Languages (Spanish) (Z056) PGCE with QTS full time
  • Physical Education (Z278) PGCE with QTS full time

UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.  Please see the UEA website for further information about their courses:

All of UEA’s PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means that you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE.

You will study for a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education with an additional award of 90 Master's credits – PGCE(M). The course will lead to you gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). As a School Direct trainee you will study alongside and follow the same programme as the UEA PGCE(M) students.

During your course you will spend approximately two thirds of your time in school working alongside experienced teachers to develop your practice. Schools who have chosen to participate in the School Direct programme have carefully selected mentors who will help shape your training. Mentors will work alongside academic tutors at UEA to help you realise your potential as a reflective practitioner and fulfil your aspirations to become an outstanding newly qualified teacher. For the remaining third of the course you will spend time working with academic staff and peers at UEA to develop subject-specific pedagogy and explore areas of professional development.

All School Direct trainees undertaking their Initial Teacher Education with UEA will be fully registered students of the University. This means that not only will they receive the highest quality training from experienced staff within a well-established partnership with schools, but they will have full access to a range of University resources including library facilities, electronic resources, support and welfare services and the Sportspark.

Financial Information

Trainees pay a course fee to study on the course. Some secondary trainees are eligible to receive a bursary based on subject and degree level, and maintenance loans and maintenance grants may also be available.

For further information on bursaries, scholarships, and student loans please take a look at the information in the following links:

Entry Requirements

  • Degree classification of 2:2 or above (Please note a 2:1 is required for the Physical Education training programme)
  • Degree must be in related academic subject area
  • Some school experience (e.g. observation) prior to applying to the course is highly desirable but not essential.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify their capability of working with young people.
  • Candidates will need to be able to confirm that you have the health and physical capacity to start training.

Other Teacher Training Links at Northgate High School

We work closely with other teacher training providers both as experienced mentors and Professional Tutors and providing placements for tuition trainees. Our two main provider links are with the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT and the EAST SCITT.

Suffolk Norfolk SCITT



Useful Links:

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