Dave Scott started his career at 17 years old as an Apprentice ICT Technician with Dyke House Academy and Hartlepool College of Further Education. Dave made the decision to complete an apprenticeship rather than go down the more ‘traditional’ route of college and university as he felt it was a better way for him to gain a qualification with his learning style. He did not find the classroom environment suitable for his learning needs and thrived better being able to do ‘hands on’ work and learn on the job. Being able to learn and progress in a career he aspired to via an apprenticeship was hugely beneficial for him.

Completing an apprenticeship and being able to experience the job first hand whilst gaining a qualification helped Dave greatly with his confidence, equipping him with the skills and knowledge needed to carry out the role and gain a better understanding of the world of work.

Dave’s hard work and commitment has seen him rise through the ranks from Apprentice ICT Technician, to Senior IT Technician to Assistant Network Manager. After a brief hiatus at a different company Dave came back to work at Northern Education Trust as the Trust IT Manager before progressing into his current role as Acting Director of IT and Infrastructure for 24 academies across the North of England.  Dave has dedicated an astounding 21 years supporting education, firstly through Dyke House Academy and then with Northern Education Trust.

Dave has had countless memorable moments throughout his career including winning The National Schools’ School Infrastructure Innovation of the Year Award in 2021. However, Dave states that his greatest achievement has been the positive impact he has made to the IT environment at Northern Education Trust, to help support the teaching and learning of the students.

Dave’s advice to those thinking of starting an apprenticeship is to “jump in with both feet, get involved and get immersed with your environment – it is one of the many benefits of doing an apprenticeship to help you learn as much as possible.”

Are you interested in doing an apprenticeship? Take a look at some of the apprenticeship opportunities available at NET Staff College and start your journey today: https://nsc.northerneducationtrust.org/cpd-offers/apprenticeships/apprenticeship-courses/

Following our inaugural NPQ conference on 30 March 2022 we have hosted subsequent conferences for NPQSL and NPQLT/LTD (cohort 1b).

As with the first conference the aim was to provide an opportunity to discuss, refine and practice the learning programme members have gained from the NPQ so far, as well as access to the expertise and real world experience of current serving senior leaders.

Both conferences were well attended and delegates found the content very engaging and informative.

Conference two for NPQSL and NPQLT/LTD (cohort 1a) will take place in September 2022.

We are currently recruiting for new cohorts in October 2022 and are offering NPQs in Leading Teaching, Leading Teacher Development, Leading Behaviour and Culture, Senior Leadership, Headship and Leading Literacy.

Please visit our website for further details: https://nsc.northerneducationtrust.org/cpd-offers/national-professional-qualifications/

Northern Education Trust has, for the first time, taken part in the DfE’s Teaching Internship Programme, which ran from 27 June to 15 July 2022.

The aim of the programme is to enable undergraduates studying for a degree in STEM-related subjects the opportunity to experience teaching maths, physics or computing before they commit to it as a career. This programme is part of the Get into Teaching service, supporting prospective teachers through their journey into the profession.

We recruited three interns, one in computing based at Duke House Academy and two in maths, who were based at Red House and Grangefield Academies.

The three interns attended a welcome and introduction meeting at Dyke House Academy on the first day and then spent the remainder of the three weeks in their host school, where they took part in activities such as lesson observation and subject planning.


We are pleased to announce that we have recruited 18 Initial Teacher Trainees (ITTs) to start in our academies in September 2022. The ITTs have been recruited through the DfE website, Apply, and cover a broad range of secondary subjects as well as primary.

In partnership with Educate Teacher Training, a nationally recognised, DfE accredited training provider, with whom we have worked for over 15 years, and Leeds Beckett University, we offer a School Direct programme that is designed to develop and support our ITTs to be the best teacher they can be. All of our courses result in a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Applications for September 2023 will open in October 2022 when we hope to recruit even more ITTs for next year!

When applications open please visit https://nsc.northerneducationtrust.org/train-to-teach/ and click the apply button.

Northern Education Trust is taking part in the Train to Teach Event to be held on Thursday 5 May 2022 from 4.30pm at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle.

If you are thinking about kick-starting an exciting new career in teaching then the Train to Teach Event is the perfect opportunity for you to learn all you need to know about teacher training and how to apply.

The event is designed for anyone who has a degree and is interested in teaching, and particularly those who are considering starting their initial teacher training in September 2022. It offers a great opportunity to get all your questions about teaching and teacher training answered.

The event offers the opportunity to discuss the different teacher training options available to help you decide which would best suit you and you can find out about courses and entry requirements.

You can also receive advice on submitting a successful UCAS application, talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like and find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training.


How to register




Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Hawthorn Square
Forth Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne



For directions to the venue please click here

We are holding a Teacher Recruitment event on 12th May at North Shore Academy to showcase what it’s like to work for Northern Education Trust. As part of this exclusive recruitment event there will be an opportunity to hear directly from our CEO, Mr Tarn about our shared values. There will then be unrestricted access to senior leaders, existing staff and our outstanding subject directors to discuss life in the classroom at NET.

We can offer you exceptional career opportunities in our 21 academies spread across the north of England, as well as sector leading professional development from our NET Staff College and a suite of employee incentives and perks. We have a proven approach to education, which leads to outstanding outcomes for children and young people.

Although this event is being hosted at North Shore Academy, guests are encouraged to attend if they are interested in joining any of our academies. Leaders from across the trust will be on hand to answer any academy specific questions you may have.

The event will take place at North Shore Academy, Talbot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 2AY from 430pm on Thursday 12 May 2022.

Colleagues from five primary and six secondary NET academies came together for an NPQ conference at the NETSC on 30 March 2022.

Programme members currently undertaking an NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT) and NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) met to collaborate with peers on a number of activities and to give feedback, present ideas and discussions to the entire group

The aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity to discuss, refine and practice the learning programme members have gained from the NPQ so far, as well as access to the expertise and real world experience of current serving senior leaders. Previous seminars had been hold online so this was the first opportunity to meet colleagues and have live, face to face discussions with peers. A key part of the conference was to experience networking opportunities with other delegates.

Delegates found the conference informative and the speakers engaging and knowledgeable.

A second conference will be held for the same group on 13 September 2022.

A celebration event with a difference! Wonderful to celebrate the successes of Northern Education Trust’s (NET’s) apprentices online. Congratulations to Radina Georgieva, Sandra Tamkuviene and Carolyn Wilby from The Ferns Primary Academy for achieving their Teaching Assistant Level 3 apprenticeship; and Capital Projects Lead, Dan Simpson for completing his Operational/Departmental Manager Level 5 programme. Former employee, Callum Duffy also achieved Early Years Educator Level 3.

Alison Dale, School Business Manager, The Ferns Academy and Richard Whitfield, Managing Director at NET Staff College joined the apprentices on the virtual call to congratulate them on their wonderful achievements.

Ongoing restrictions have made it difficult to get everyone in one place but NET was keen to celebrate the achievements of their talented apprentices who have worked so hard during such a challenging time and are extremely proud for all their efforts and ongoing commitment. The apprenticeships have been invaluable for staff in terms of gaining the knowledge and essential skills for developing further in their roles.

It is with immense pride that Northern Education Trust can announce the opening of their Staff College (NETSC). The occasion was marked with a special ceremony on Tuesday 28th September 2021 which was attended by dignitaries from across the education and business sectors based in the north of England.

Mr. Ben Houchen, esteemed guest and Mayor of Tees Valley, formally opened the wonderful facility which is based adjacent to NET Freebrough Academy in Brotton, Saltburn-by-the-sea.

The NETSC was established to provide new and dynamic training opportunities to staff at all career stages and specialisms within the education sector. Its aim is to realise the full potential of all education staff by providing ‘world-class’ professional development, which will enable colleagues to deliver exceptional outcomes for children and young people.

For those interested in teaching, the NETSC offers a range of initial teacher training courses designed to develop those who are new to the profession. The Trust is proud partners with Teach First to deliver both the full Early Career Framework and the full suite of reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

A key ambition of the NETSC is to be more than simply a training centre for teachers. It also offers training and professional courses in business services, estates management, health & safety, governance and safeguarding. Proud of the variety of training on offer, the Trust truly believes that the courses offered cater to the breadth of staff who work in schools to make them a success.

In addition to providing education focused training opportunities, the NETSC also offers state of the art meeting and conference facilities which are available for use by both education and business establishments in the surrounding area. Facilities are offered at not-for-profit rates to ensure the widest possible access for the local community.

Speaking at the launch event Mr Rob Tarn, Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust said;

Building upon the strong reputation and success of Northern Education Trust, our staff college is the mechanism of delivering all our training for our teachers and support staff and a way of offering support to the wider sector. Developing our staff to ensure they can support the children and young people in our care is very important to us. It is a wonderful facility that we can offer to the wider community.”

Mr Ben Houchen added;

“It’s great being able to train staff but opening it up to the wider community and business sector is also important. This will ensure there is a genuine and important link between education and business.”

If you would like to know more about the training offer, to enquire about the facilities or make a booking please visit nsc.northerneducationtrust.org or email; [email protected]

Do you want to know what it’s like to become a teacher at Northern Education Trust?

How about what it’s like to be a student?

We are so proud to share this wonderful pair of videos from our partners at Teach First.

If you would like to know more about our initial teacher training offer please visit: https://nsc.northerneducationtrust.org/train-to-teach/