School Direct primary courses in EssexEssex and Thames Primary Scitt

School Direct PGCE

primary teacher training

Learning from the very best teachers in

Essex, Southend and Thurrock

Why train with us...

School Direct teacher training course in EssexEssex and Thames Primary Scitt

Train in two different

Key Stages

You will be placed in two partnership schools

to give you diverse experiences

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Our current PGCE Courses

We are currently running the following PGCE courses across our partnership:

Full-time, Training route (unsalaried) PGCE – Primary (General and Early Years), Middle or SEND

Full-time, Salaried School Direct PGCE – Primary (General and Early Years), Middle or SEND

Full-time, Salaried Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship PGCE – Primary (General and Early Years), or SEND

Part-time, Training route (unsalaried) PGCE – Primary, and Primary PE Specialist

AND… a non PGCE option for experienced but unqualified graduate teachers, the Assessment Only (QTS only) route into teaching

PGCE Courses use teaching schools throughout Essex, including Southend and Thurrock and East London

What qualifications does the training lead to?

For all our PGCE Courses you will qualify with QTS and up to 60 masters level credits

We provide a comprehensive primary teacher training. Our PGCE courses are delivered by experienced trainers and practitioners from our partnership schools. Skilled teaching staff also act as mentors to trainees in school.

Our training programme is thoughtfully designed to enable us to respond to the rapidly changing landscape in education, ensuring that our NQTs are able to work with immediate professional competency on graduation.  

Our trainees spend time in a range of carefully selected school settings and have the opportunity to observe high-quality teaching in all subject areas.

PGCE Courses

Salaried and Training Routes

We run two PGCE course routes through School Direct and we also run the Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship PGCE course route. 

School direct PGCE courses are split into: Salaried and Training (non salaried) programmes, and the aprenticeship route is salaried only. 

PGCE Courses with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT

School Direct

Salaried Route

The School Direct Salaried Training Programme is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train. Numbers are more limited on this programme.

Tuition Fee Training Route

The School Direct Tuition Fee Training Programme is for high-quality graduates who want to feel part of a school team whilst training. You’ll pay fees but may be eligible for a bursary to support you. Some schools offer additional bursaries for outstanding trainees of up to £6000

Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship 

Salaried Route

The graduate teaching apprenticeship training programme is an employment-based route for high-quality graduates and carries no requirement to have had previous work experienceYou will earn a salary while you train and be paid on the unqualified teachers pay scale.

Unsure about which route is for you?

We have helped you to make your decision with this guide.


Assessment Only Route Into Teaching

In as little as six weeks and no more than twelve weeks you can be qualified. 

The AO route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS, without the need for any further training. You will need to present detailed evidence and your teaching will be assessed by us in a school setting. You must also take the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you can be accepted onto the route.

Assessment Only QTS with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT and PGCE Courses
Download the Assessment Only Application form

Essex and Thames Primary SCITT