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Teacher Training Pathways

As an Early Career Teacher, you have a unique opportunity to work with young people, inspiring the next generation, making a real difference to pupils’ learning and lives and helping them to realise their ambitions.

At Durham, our ITE courses are co-constructed and delivered by our Partnership colleagues in conjunction with University Teacher Educators. For our Primary courses, trainee teacher work within Clusters spread across the Partnership and in Secondary, our trainees work in our PODs (Professional Opportunities and Development schools) which are situated across the region.

All programmes are evidence-based and have woven within them, the trainee teacher’s minimum entitlement which is outlined in the Core Content Framework. The Initial Teacher Education Year is the first year of a structured package of support for future generations of teachers and feeds seamlessly into the Early Career Framework.

University student
Durham has prepared me in many ways for my future teaching career. These experiences have taught me so much about teaching for different ages and abilities and I now feel fully prepared to deliver engaging lessons that cater to the needs of all my pupils.

Gemma Skelhorn
PGCE graduate, School of Education

Explore our postgraduate opportunities

We offer a range of exciting postgraduate programmes which offer a blend of theory and practice. Our programmes draw upon the expertise within our School of Education to help you develop into a high-quality, innovative and creative education professional.


PGCE programmes

Explore our primary and secondary PGCE programmes.
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PGCE international

Learn about our programme with the International School of Geneva.
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Postgraduate taught

Our Masters programmes offer a number of different pathways.
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Get school experience service

If you want to experience teaching before you apply, the Department of Education offer a chance to try it out with the Get school experience service.