Become a Teacher
Are you ready to Become a Teacher?
Preparing for Teacher Training
We recommend that you gain experience in different age groups at a school before applying so that you get a stronger idea of the age ranges you would most like to focus on for your training and for when you qualify. Gaining experience in class obviously gives you more relevant knowledge upon which to draw for your interview, and therefore can help your application by showing us how keen you are. Teacher training places at Essex and Thames Primary SCITT are highly sought after and so 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
All candidates have to go through UCAS to make an application. Once you are ready to make an application to Essex and Thames Primary SCITT to become a teacher, you’ll need the following:
Two references – one of whom MUST be from a school
A portfolio of all your examinations certificates to date
Practise the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills tests 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. DON’T take them a third time without this support as if do and you don’t pass, you will have to wait 2 years before being allowed to take them again.
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.
Invitation to interview
Once we have received your application, we will shortlist candidates for interview. Competition is high so it is very important that you apply as early as possible and attend interviews promptly. In the last three years, demand for places has significantly outstripped supply.
Structure of the interview:
A general introduction to the course
Scrutiny of your relevant documentation
An analysis of a teaching session and group discussion
Observations in the classroom, including a whole class teaching session
A formal interview with a member of the SCITT management team and a headteacher
An assessment in Mathematics
A written assessment
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.