Prior Park First School is calling for applications for its latest teacher training programme from the most able graduates in the region.
The School Direct programme allows top graduates, or those who have been working in a career, to combine teacher training with learning on the job.
For successful candidates it offers tax free bursaries of up to £20,000 - or a salary - and graduates get to train alongside experienced teachers in some the best primary and secondary schools in the country.
Prior Park offers a fee-based programme, paid for by the trainee through the Student Loans Scheme, which offers well-qualified graduates the opportunity to train in a school and receive a bursary if eligible.
Pauline Molloy, head teacher said: “We are looking forward to receiving applications from those individuals with the potential to be brilliant teachers.
“Working in partnership with Northumbria University, School Direct allows us to customise the training to meet the needs of both the school and the trainees, who gain practical experience from day one.”
Julia Hindhaugh, school based mentor, said: “It’s a great way to learn and qualify to become a teacher, by offering candidates support from their future colleagues who have a wealth of experience. They will also benefit from further learning opportunities to develop their teaching skills.”
Kim Punton, who has spent the last year training at the school said: “As a mother of two young children, the School Direct route has given me a rare opportunity to complete teacher training in my local area.”
Candidates can now apply via the school for the academic year 2014/15.
Mrs Punton added: I have been able to learn on the job, surrounded by experienced teachers who have offered me the support and encouragement to develop my professional skills.”
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “Teaching is rewarding in all senses of the word and is now a career of choice for top graduates.
“School Direct allows the most able graduates to work alongside some of the best teachers working in our classrooms today, and in schools that are right for them. By offering bursaries of up to £20,000, or a salary, schools can attract the best talent.”