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There are many qualification routes to become a Primary School teacher. Choosing the right one for you is an important decision.


Our teacher training qualification allows you to train to be a teacher here at Rickleton Primary School and our partnership of local area schools, via our one year, post graduate teacher training qualification. School based training is the most 'hands-on' practical way to gain qualified teacher status, ensuring that you become an integral part of your home school and see the life of a school from day 1 in September for the full academic year - perfect preparation for the year after when you go it alone as a qualified teacher. Spending 4 days a week based in school, with a Friday based in Sunderland University means that your in school training comes from experienced practising teachers, whilst receiving regular, theoretical guidance from University of Sunderland's highly rated Education Department.  


Our partnership is very much about creating opportunities for people to train in the Washington and Chester le Street area, in a close knit partnership, where trainees can learn to teach in high quality school environments, where education is the main focus. Our small, tight-knit group of schools will help trainees to feel supported and build a strong bond with their fellow trainees. The schools involved know the benefits of having trainees consistently based in school for the year, enable them to offer support to become not only high quality teachers but also classroom ready. They know that the effort their school puts in to supporting trainees to reach the highest standards not only benefits the profession but hopefully has an impact on pupils in the local area and, if the opportunity arises, the chance to employ someone in their school who already has experience of their systems and routines. Employment of trainees in their home school, partner schools or within the local area by word of mouth is the focus of School Direct training.


Training happens, via our partnership with the University of Sunderland, based here at Rickleton or at one of our local partner schools:

Lambton Primary School

Chester le Street C of E Primary School

Pelton Community Primary

Beamish Primary

Woodlea Primary School 


Applications to join our training can be made here: 


Applications can be made from early October each year and the application window will remain open all year until our available places have been filled.