School Direct (Northern Lights Teaching School Alliance)

The Northern Lights Teaching School Alliance has evolved to include primary and secondary schools: St Thomas More Catholic School is the lead school for School Direct and works closely with St Mary’s Catholic School in Longbenton, Heworth Grange School in Gateshead and Sacred Heart Primary School in Byermoor  to recruit and place trainees for the secondary and primary programmes. School Direct Programmes are accredited by Newcastle University and Carmel College.

Each school has extensive experience of working with student teachers, and can provide excellent school placement opportunities in schools with exceptionally good student behaviour and outstanding practice in Teaching and Learning.

For the teacher training programmes commencing September 2017, we are working with local primary schools to recruit and offer training places for the secondary and primary programme with the following providers:


Newcastle Sacred Heart SCITT

Newcastle University

Carmel College


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a national initiative, offering you an exciting opportunity to train as a teacher, to gain valuable knowledge, skills and develop professional attributes. School Direct allows you to train and work alongside outstanding practitioners.

School Direct enables you to commence on a journey towards excellence, inspiring children to reach their potential in life and excel.