In 2014 Sunningdale School began to deliver a unique Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course in partnership with the University of Northumbria for those wishing to train to be teachers in Specialist settings and provisions. This course was started by our previous Assistant Headteacher before being developed over the last 7 years by our current Headteacher, James Waller, and innovation specialist, Jane Shaw (Create North). It is now designed and led by Michelle Simpson, an experienced Initial Teacher Training specialist. Our ITT training course is virtually unique and one of only a few in the entire country.
The course rewards successful students with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS. It is a full time Schools Direct course. It is accredited by the University of Northumbria and we have trained teachers in Sunningdale School, Percy Hedley School, Northern Counties School, The Dales School, Portland Academy, The Link School, Columbia Grange School, North View Academy, Keelman’s Way School, Bamborough School, Hopewood Academy and Ash Trees Academy.
Trainees on the course benefit from sessions run by James Waller (Sunningdale/ EQUALS), Liz-Ann Davison (Jigsaw Therapy), Peter Imray (EQUALS), Gina Davies (Attention Autism), Rosey Walker (Columbia Grange), Joanne Kennedy (Language and Learning Partnership), Ami Nicholson (NHS Specialist SaLT) and many others. The programme is facilitated and led by Michelle Simpson (Sunnindale School).
If you would like to apply to train to be a teacher in a specialist setting in the North East of England please click here.
If you’d like to find out more please contact Jane Shaw our SENhub manager at firstname.lastname@example.org