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Welcome to our Essex Teacher Training website!

So… you’d like to be a Primary or Middle School Teacher?

Who are Essex and Thames Primary SCITT?

We are one of the oldest teacher training SCITTs in the country and have been training the very best primary school teachers for our schools for nearly 20 years. We have a truly excellent reputation and our Essex teacher training means that you will benefit from a thorough, professional training and leave us as a confident and highly competent Newly Qualified Teacher. Furthermore, teacher training with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT will help you gain employment when you graduate. In fact, all our graduates are employed straight after graduation – year after year! Have a look through the information on our site about PGCE and Assessment Only routes into teaching and get in touch if you have any questions that we haven’t answered. You’ll find that our team are always happy to help!

I’d like to apply for teacher training

Why choose our School Direct PGCE (with masters credits) course?

Our School Direct PGCE centres around school based learning for two thirds of your time. Your school placements allow you to train alongside experienced teachers and give you a wealth of different classroom experiences.

This practical Essex teacher training is combined with the taught theory of the PGCE in formal lectures, so that you understand WHY you are doing certain things, HOW the children make progress and WHEN to use your reflective skills to look deeper into educational queries.

It is the assimilation of theory and extensive school practice that makes our graduates highly confident, competent and successful and it is why our PGCE trained NQTs are snapped up with early job offers.

Essex teacher training PGCE students at Essex and Thames Primary SCITT
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Where are our teacher training schools?

Essex and Thames Primary SCITT Primary teacher training courses have partnership schools in Essex, Southend, Thurrock and East London. We do our very best to match you with a school as near to where you live as possible and we take into account those PGCE students with additional considerations, e.g. those who have childcare commitments or who use public transport etc. and ensure we place them sympathetically. 

Map of our Lead Schools

Where are our training bases for PGCE lectures?

The taught part of the PGCE requires you to attend lectures in one of two centres – Runwell Community Primary School in Wickford (which is our main SCITT base) or at the Federation of Greenways Schools in Southend. At both venues the PGCE course is taught in large, sunlit classrooms offering the latest technology. Additionally, our students benefit from large, comfortable, common room areas along with small libraries and kitchen facilities at either base. Your base will be chosen based on where you live so that students attend their nearest centre. Lectures start at 9.30am and although they can go on until 4pm, most finish earlier. 

PGCE Essex teacher training

Want to find out more about our teacher training?

Come to our next Train to Teach event where we can answer all your questions, or use our quick links below to go straight to areas of interest. 

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Do you know that not all teacher training courses are the same?

If you are thinking of training to become a teacher, you know that unless you are already working as an unqualified teacher in a school, that you will need to spend a year training in order to meet your dream. There are PGCE courses, PGCE SCITT courses, PGCE School Direct courses, School Direct QTS only, School Direct PGCE with QTS… and no doubt more besides. In fact, there are hundreds of teacher training providers listed on UCAS to choose from, but the training you get from each can vary considerably even amongst those who seemingly run the same course.

Essex and Thames Primary SCITT PGCE

 Do get in touch by email or phone. We are a friendly bunch and have always got time to take a call and answer your questions.

01268  570215

If you are a hoping to become a primary school teacher in Essex and want to gain the maximum qualification for your hard work and investment then this is definitely the teacher training programme for you.   

Find us on the UCAS teacher training pages here

Our Essex teacher training courses

Want to hear from those who’ve been through our PGCE year? Listen to what our trainees say about our teacher training course.

Hear what previous trainees say about our teacher training course

What’s it actually like training to be a teacher with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT?

Make this the year you achieve your dream of becoming a primary school teacher

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Employment upon graduation
New teachers trained in the last 3 years
Partner schools involved in training
Places for 2017/18

PGCE Essex Teacher Training with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT