Carmel Teacher Training Partnership

Carmel Teacher Training Partnership (CTTP) is an ‘outstanding’ Initial Teacher Training provider. We work with schools across the urban, semi-rural and rural areas of the North East of England. Our schools are situated in and around Alnwick, Billingham, Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Sunderland. Our schools are divided into clusters, so that trainees benefit from placement schools within their local area.

Established in 1999, Carmel Teacher Training Partnership has been inspiring the next generation of teachers for many years and successfully training primary and secondary teachers in a variety of subject areas.  CTTP offer both School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct programmes leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status with PGCE. If you are looking for a work-based experience, rather than a traditional university-based route, this course is for you.

CTTP provides high quality teacher training within school-based settings with highly experienced classroom practitioners.  This is achieved through a blended approach of central and school-based training activities in regional clusters co-ordinated by our Lead Schools and in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University.

If you are looking for bespoke training based in the North-East within a nurturing and supportive environment, there is no better place for you to start your teaching career than with CTTP.

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Monica Shepherd
Director of Carmel Teacher Training Partnership
  01325 523474

"Monica has worked with teacher trainees as a mentor, professional tutor, Headteacher and Director of a Teaching School for three decades. She serves as a Trustee of Schools North-East and is a National Leader of Education. Within the team Monica's role involves having an overview for all programmes with specific responsibility for supporting the secondary schools and their trainees throughout the course. She is also the lead for the Assessment only route to QTS."

Iain Knox
Primary School Improvement and ITT Lead
  01325 523460

"Iain Knox has joined CTTP and the School Improvement Team having worked for 27 years in education, his most recent post as a Senior Leader, Primary School Teacher and cluster lead for CTTP. HIs experience includes working with children from 5 - 16 as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting schools with Assessment and Curriculum as a Specialist Leader of Education and delivering training for trainee teachers with different ITT providers. Within the team, Iain's role involves supporting the Primary Schools and their trainees throughout the course."

Lily Bonas
Training Centre Administrator
 01325 254525

"Lily joined Carmel College as an administrator in January 2020. She had experience in other administrate roles prior to this. Since joining Carmel she has worked in a variety of roles which has involved working with all stakeholders. She works closely with the Computing Hub led by Teach computing. Lily is based in the Training Centre and will support you with any queries you may have about the ITT programme."

CTTP’s Initial Teacher Training takes primary (5-11) and secondary (11-16) candidates under the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct programmes and provides a great alternative to training through a university.

The training is school based, with trainees based in partnership schools for the duration of the programme, and it offers practical, job-based learning. The course aims to promote excellence in all aspects of education through focused central and school-based training activities and by offering a bespoke training programme which meets the individual needs of trainees in both primary and secondary schools. Its ultimate goal is to develop skilled, reflective and creative practitioners who will enthuse and inspire future generations.

CTTP offers an extensive support system which ensures that all trainee teachers reach their true potential, including dedicated professional tutors and subject mentors in all partnership schools. Along with the award of QTS at the end of their training year, trainees on the programme will also be able to achieve PGCE qualification through St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. In addition to the Masters Modules delivered by St Mary’s University ‘Flying Faculty’, the course content includes General Professional Studies (Professional Role of a Teacher, Safeguarding, Behaviour for Learning, SEN(D), EAL, Literacy across the Curriculum, Assessment, Tracking, Pupil Progress, Data, Equality and Diversity) as well as Subject Specialism Pedagogy and Subject Knowledge.

High-quality and personalised training contributes well to trainees’ and NQTs’ development as reflective, confident teachers who are deeply committed to their own professional development. (OFSTED, 2018)

I believe CTTP have always strived for us to realise the full potential in ourselves. (Secondary trainee, 2020)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme and developed as teacher but also in myself. I have gained more confidence and a whole new set of skills to enter into teaching with. (Secondary trainee, 2020)

This year has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. The programme adopts a holistic approach to teaching so that you are well prepared to become an NQT. (Secondary trainee, 2020)

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience on the CTTP programme and have found the support provided invaluable in equipping me as a teacher. The structure of the programme is integral in this, having provided me with extensive experience as a teacher from the very first day. (Primary trainee, 2020)

The level of support and guidance has been outstanding throughout the year, which has really helped me progress. (Primary trainee, 2020)