Carmel College, The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RP
01325 523474

About Us


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, Sunderland, and North Yorkshire. 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.

OFSTED 2018 -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.

Tutors and mentors provide sharp, insightful feedback to trainees about the quality of their teaching. The targets set for improvement are accurate, ambitious and achievable. This high-quality feedback contributes exceptionally well to trainees’ success in becoming effective teachers.’

Employment rates are consistently high ~98% in 2023. Each year, a high percentage of trainees gain employment in their placement schools or within our Partnership of schools.

Disabilities and other needs

All schools within the Carmel Teacher Training Partnership are fully accessible. Provision for additional support where needed is provided on site. Please contact our admin team on with your details and we can get in touch with you and discuss your requirements for access.

About the course

• Personalised, school-based training from September 2024 - June 2025.
• Achieve Qualified Teacher Status from a highly regarded, well established provider.
• Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and delivered face to face in CTTP Lead Schools.
• Dedicated, modern training facilities.
• Our curriculum is designed by expert practitioners and delivered in practical and interactive weekly training sessions to compliment your classroom experience.
• Allocated mentor for each trainee to ensure personalised, bespoke support and training to meet individual needs.
• Unique recruitment process with schools represented at each stage- they ‘choose’ you!
• Training in two school settings- main and second school placement (January- February).
• Trainee progress is monitored throughout the year and assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.