Teacher training courses in Essex2018-11-27T08:49:20+00:00
Teacher Training Courses

What will you do on our Teacher Training Courses?

Our courses

Teacher Training courses - routes into teaching 2018

You will need to apply for our course through UCAS. Details of the course and provider codes are listed here.

Structure of our teacher training courses

One of the features of our training that sets us aside from other providers is its bespoke nature. Our training is designed by a highly qualified team of senior teachers and leading academics and is primarily based in school. The training is regularly adjusted to meet your emerging needs and to respond to the ever changing education landscape ensuring that you are learning at the cutting edge of research and best practice.

Evidence shows that the best learning comes from training alongside the highest quality teachers, and at Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, you benefit from a significant amount of real school experience as you work alongside the best teachers in our area. We offer two training centres in Essex (Wickford and Southend) and give you access to all Canterbury Christ Church University facilities.

During the year you will spend around 70 days in centre-based training, learning and practising your craft before teaching in the classroom. This includes sessions in all national curriculum subjects and associated areas, plus dedicated sessions for professional studies, SEND and inclusion, children’s mental health, behaviour and voice. Your teaching will be assessed by school mentors and your tutors.

We guide trainees on our part-time routes to create bespoke programmes and for those who already have had teaching experience, we offer an accelerated route to QTS.

If you already know you wish to specialise in Special Educational Needs and Disability or in Early Years Foundation Stage, we offer placements in both areas enabling you to gain invaluable experience. There are opportunities to enroll on a free two year top up programme in leadership and mathematics and all trainees are offered the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification during the year.

‘The partnership ensures that trainees are well prepared for teaching … Headteachers confirm that NQTs are well prepared for the role of teacher.’ Ofsted 2016

Successful trainees are awarded QTS and you have the opportunity to also study for a PGCE by submitting one written assignment, one presentation and a research project.

Our most recent Ofsted inspections were uniformly successful and three years after the course, we are proud to say, that a staggering 94% of our graduates are still teaching. We are a top rated provider recognised nationally for our work in voice, phonics, behaviour management and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). 100% of our trainees are recruited into teaching posts.

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Equal opportunities policy

We are committed to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex or marital status or on the grounds of disability. See our page on teacher training with a disability.

How school placements work

We have more than 130 schools in Essex and London working with us, and we are growing all the time. You can see our current list of partner schools here.

Our teacher training courses in Essex and London will involve you spending 120+ days in school-based training placements which are in at least 2 different schools and are in alternate key stages. This means that all our trainees have thorough practical experience in two Key Stages. The breadth of the partnership ensures that we are able to offer a diverse range of training opportunities, and after 20 years, our schools have developed a range of deep partnerships with leading edge practitioners and experts, and are committed to regularly sharing these opportunities with trainees.

On our programmes, you will teach from ages 3-7, 5-11 or 7-14. Working alongside experienced teachers, you will be supported to take on a slowly increasing teaching role and be offered experience in a range of socio-economic settings. Trainees are usually placed as locally as possible, but must be prepared to travel up to 1 hour to ensure the richest range of school experiences.

“The partnership ensures that trainees are well prepared for teaching … Headteachers confirm that NQTs are well prepared for the role of teacher.”
Ofsted 2016

High quality mentoring and pastoral support are provided in all areas, with trainees being allocated a personal tutor and a school mentor who will meet with them regularly to guide and support them through the training. Our school-based support extends into the NQT year with social events, a comprehensive NQT training programme and access to 1:1 support from SCITT staff as required.

Most of our schools are located near public transport and within easy reach for non drivers. Our training base at Wickford is a ten-minute walk from the railway station and our Southend base is on an easily accessible bus route.

We are currently running the following teacher training courses in Essex across our partnership:

  • Full-time, Salaried School Direct PGCE – Primary, middle or SEND

  • Full-time, Training route (unsalaried) PGCE – Primary, middle or SEND

More about applying

Become a teacher with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT