Tyne and Wear



Doxford Park Way

Phone: 0191 5280440

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Teacher Training

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 9 years by our current Headteacher, James Waller, and innovation specialist, Jane Shaw (Create North). It is now designed and led by Jonathan Moffatt, 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 school led course, accredited by the University of Northumbria and we have trained teachers in Sunningdale School, Hadrian 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 school based training sessions facilitated and led by Jonathan Moffatt as well as prominent experts in the field of specialist education such as James Waller (Sunningdale/ EQUALS), Chris Rollings (Hadrian/HEADS/EQUALS) Peter Imray (EQUALS), Emma Whelam-Tate (Northern Lights EY Stronger Practice Hub), Gina Davies (Attention Autism), Rosey Walker (Columbia Grange), Liz-Ann Davison (Jigsaw Therapy), Ami Nicholson (NHS Specialist SaLT) and many others.
If you would like to apply to train to be a teacher in a specialist setting in the North East of England please click
If you’d like to find out more please contact Jane Shaw our SENhub manager at