Are you ready to Become a Teacher?
Preparing for Teacher Training
If possible, we suggest that you gain experience in a school before applying so that you get a stronger idea of what it is like to be a teacher. However, although gaining experience in class obviously gives you more relevant knowledge upon which to draw for your interview, it is not essential in order to apply for teacher training with us. Teacher training places at Essex and Thames Primary SCITT are highly sought after and we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Research Student Finance
You will need to survive during your training year so don’t forget to explore what you might be entitled to. Find out more here.
Train to Teach Events
Attend one of our Train to Teach Events where you can meet with teachers, members of the SCITT and current or former students, find out what the training involves and be able to get answers to any questions you might have.
Make your PGCE application stand out
Applying for Teacher Training
At Essex and Thames Primary SCITT we accept applications via UCAS to our SCITT teacher training courses. We follow Safer Recruitment guidelines for our recruitment process at all times.
At certain times of the year, we do also accept direct applications and will place links on this site when this is possible. This is usual for early recruitment to us before UCAS Apply opens in the Autumn.
Once you are ready to apply, you’ll need the following:
A ‘Personal Statement’ to support your application. See our guide to writing an effective personal statement
Two references – one of whom could be from a school
A portfolio of all your examinations certificates to date
Skills Tests in English and Maths – Practise them online and take them if you feel confident in passing. They will need to be passed before you start your training course but we can offer support if we’ve offered you a place and you have failed them twice. UPDATE: As of 14th February 2018, you now have unlimited attempts to pass these Skills Tests, and your first 3 attempts in both subjects will be free.
Please note: you have to have made a UCAS application for teacher training in order to take your skills tests.
Making your application stand out
You should make sure that your application grabs our attention in a positive way as we receive hundreds of applications. Demand for our places is high and the calibre of applicants is also high so you must ensure that your application doesn’t end up in the automatic ‘No’ pile because of poor presentation. Your application form presents the first opportunity you have to prove to us that you are ideal teacher material. Tell us about the experiences in school that you have and show us what you have learned about being a teacher and what characteristics you possess that make you think you’d be a good one. What skills do teachers need? Do you think you have them? What would you need to learn?
What we’ll be looking for:
- Some personal rationale for why you want to become a teacher
- Clear enthusiasm and passion for why you have chosen Primary Education
- Some experience of and commitment to working with young people
- Professional attributes or leadership roles or positions of responsibility that would help you become a teacher
- Good standard of written English – check and double check your application as typing mistakes and errors in grammar will not get you an interview. After all, if you can’t get this right in your application, chances are, you won’t get it right in front of class.
The interview process
All candidates, regardless of the route applied for, must meet the essential entry requirements (or have the required qualifications by the start of the course) in order to be invited for interview. We read all applications, looking in particular for those which are clearly written and provide evidence of a strong desire to become a teacher. Applicants who meet these criteria, are invited to attend an interview day involving a number of elements giving them a chance to demonstrate all the necessary qualities and skills needed to become a successful teacher.
At interview you will be asked to:
• Participate in an interview with a senior member of the SCITT staff and a headteacher from one of our schools;
• Work with a whole class;
• Work with groups of children;
• Take part in a group discussion;
• Reflect on your experiences in the classroom and teaching that you have observed.
It is important that you come to your interview prepared for the tasks set so that we are able to assess your suitability to train.
Salaried Route applicants
For applicants to the salaried training routes, if you are successful at this stage you will then be interviewed by prospective schools. If you already have a school that wants to employ you please let us know in your application. If you apply to this route and do not then secure a school to offer you a school direct salaried position, we always offer the training route place as an alternative.
Successful applicants will be notified within 2 working days and offered a place.
If you have any further questions about our course and application process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we always try to answer your phone calls, our office is a busy place, so do consider emailing and we can get back to you when we have more time to talk.