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Aim High Academy Trust

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University of Sunderland

Accredited Body

Aim High Academy is pleased to work with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners. Through our partnership with the University our trainee teachers benefit from the support of primary tutors who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the University who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

During your time at University of Sunderland, assessments will include written assignments, case studies and assessments of your teaching practice. Your studies at the University of Sunderland will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group project work and individual learning. The University will provide support with your assignments and any practical research that you are likely to encounter throughout the year.

Fees and financial support

The programme is tuition based and you will pay a tuition fee for your course. Further advice is available from:



Applications for September 2024 start will be available from October 2023 on DFEE Apply.


Course code as follows:

Aim High Alliance: 1A7

PGCE School-Based Programme (Tuition Route) 2MC4

Training with disabilities and other needs

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement: “We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.” On application please contact the Disability Support Team within Sunderland University:  disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk Tel: 0191 5152952.

This programme is subject to revalidation to ensure it meets the DfE ITT criteria for 2024. The above content may be subject to some minor changes.

For all enquiries related to Initial Teacher Training within Aim High Academy Trust please contact:

Mrs Helen Anderson (Dubmire) - 01915005958 / helen.anderson@aimhigh.co.uk

Mrs Emma Monaghan (Gillas Lane) - 01915005956 / emma.monaghan@aimhigh.co.uk

Mrs Sarah Simpson (Newbottle) - 01915005957 / sarah.simpson@aimhigh.co.uk