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Train to Teach

All our secondary academies are partner schools at Think North East - a School Direct initial teacher training provider offering the highest quality training for people choosing to enter the teaching profession.

Looking to step into the classroom from day one? Or spend time plunging into academic theory? With the School Direct route, you don’t have to choose between the two. Your postgraduate teacher training will be an ideal combination of theory and putting it into practice in a real school setting.

Regardless of where within Laidlaw Schools Trust you train, you will develop your teaching skills and expertise, ensuring you are set up for a thriving and rewarding teaching career.

Visit Think North East’s website to learn more

Laidlaw Teaching & Leadership Centre

You can take advantage of our new state-of-the-art Teaching and Leadership Centre at Sedgefield Community College, where you can connect with future school leaders, share best practice and learn collaboratively. The £3.2 million centre opened in September 2021, offering teacher trainees the opportunity to learn in the immersive setting of an Outstanding school.

Durham University Qualification

After completing your training, you will be awarded a highly-regarded Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Durham University - one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the UK.

Receive First-Class Support

In every teaching placement throughout your training, you will be supported by highly experienced professionals (subject mentors) who will help you hone your teaching practice, rather than by university lecturers who may not be as involved in everyday school life.