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.