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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 most 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 a UPR Group that focusses specifically on mentoring Early Career Teachers.

DfE Undergraduate Paid Teaching Internship Opportunity

We run a three-week DfE funded internship in June for current undergraduates who are thinking about teaching Chemistry, Computing, Maths, Physics, French, German or Spanish. Interns are paid £900 to take part and work in school with our young people. They are mentored by expert teachers and are given support after the course to help you to apply to a teacher training course.

Applications for June 2024 are now closed. If funding for next year is approved by the DfE, we will put details of how to apply for the June 2025 cohort of interns on our website in October 2024.

DfE Get School Experience

Many training programmes require applicants to have some classroom experience before they are accepted onto a PGCE training course.  Northgate High School offers an opportunity to observe lessons for a day in order to get a taste of life as a teacher with our School Experience Programme.

During your day with us you will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe teaching in a specialist subject
  • Talk to teachers about day-to-day school life
  • Talk to our experienced Professional Development Tutor about routes into teaching
  • Watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught
  • Meet other potential trainees
  • Meet PGCE trainees who are in school at the time

If you are interested in attending one of our School Experience Days, please sign up with the DfE. Get School Experience programme by clicking the link here and searching using the school postcode IP4 3DL.

You will then be contacted with full details closer to the time by Miss Mary Hallett, Professional Development Tutor, who coordinates the programme.

The dates available are:

  1. Friday 29th September 2023
  2. Monday 13th November 2023
  3. Friday 26th January 2024
  4. Monday 11th March 2024
  5. Friday 3rd May 2024
  6. Friday 4th June 2024 (English, Maths and Science only)

Each day will be available on the DfE website 40 days in advance and admissions close 10 days before the date. The day will start at 8.25am and will finish by 4pm at the latest.
There is a limit of two applicants per subject area for each day.

Teacher Training Links at Northgate High School

We are proud to work closely with three different teacher training providers and trainee teachers benefit from a very experienced Professional Tutor, skilled Mentors and several Course Tutors. Our three main provider links are EAST SCITT, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT (to be known as NESTT from September 2024) and the UEA.



Which will become NESTT in September 2024

NESTT - Norfolk Essex Suffolk Teacher Training


Useful Links

Get into Teaching  



How to apply for teacher training



Search for teacher training



Get School Experience



Contact Us

Northgate High School
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123