Welcome to 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!
Why choose our School Direct Primary PGCE?
Our School Direct PGCE is a school centred initial teacher training course in which the majority of your time is spent in schools giving you the opportunity to learn alongside experienced teachers from day 1. With placements in two or more schools and a range of additional opportunities allowing you to gain additional qualifications in sports coaching and Personal Social Health and Education, you get a wealth of opportunities that make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs.
This practical Essex teacher training is combined with the taught theory of education 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.
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.
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.
Want to find out more about our teacher training?
Train to Teach Events
Why not come to our next Train to Teach event where we can answer all your questions in person? The next Train to Teach event in Essex is on Thursday 9th March at
William Edwards School
Stifford Clays Rd
4.00 – 7pm
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.