North East Science Cluster
PDS 2 and 3
The North East Science
St Cuthberts High School, Newcastle (Lead)
Burnside Business College, Wallsend
Manor College of Technology, Hartlepool
Northfield School & Sports College, Billingham
St. Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon
University of Durham
University of Newcastle
Focus for PDS2 and PDS3
PDS2 : To increase the quantity of
Science trainees in the North East region
by piloting, evaluating and disseminating
PDS3 : To enhance the quality of
provision for Science training in the
North East by improving and extending
PDS2 Summary – to increase the
quantity of Science placements
All 5 schools piloted paired placements in
Science for both teaching practices.
A conference was held for the mentors of the
5 schools, plus visiting schools to evaluate the
scheme and discuss good practice.
A ‘promotional’ pamphlet based on these
findings and including evaluative statements by
both trainees and mentors was produced and
distributed to all North East Schools.
The number of schools taking paired
placements increased in the region.
PDS3 Summary – to improve the
quality of Science placements
All North East schools were invited to a
conference for new Science mentors or those
requiring a ‘refresher’
The 5 schools and Durham University produced
an enhanced mentor training programme, with
particular reference to paired trainees.
Many interactive training activities were
delivered with excellent feedback.
These activities formed the basis of a guide to
‘effective mentoring’ targeted at Science
departments but suitable for use across
Beyond partnership – Case
study: Northfield School
Five Science staff attended the 2 conferences
and are now involved in mentoring and training.
The mentoring guide is being used in school
across several departments.
M.Collins, Northfield is now delivering training
for all new mentors at Durham University.
Northfield School has now gained full Training
School status, a direct knock-on from PDS.
Durham and Northfield have engaged in a
partnership to deliver enhanced generic training
to all students in the Stockton LA cluster.
Effects in the wider community
Excellent partnerships built up with
Durham University – using PDS schools
to help support ‘new schools’.
Enhanced training experience for
Science trainees, particularly paired
Use of mentoring guidance package in
local schools, resulting from mail shot.
Mentor support network established.
Contact: Elaine Patrick, St. Cuthberts
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