About the course
This is a primary PGCE (3-7) with QTS.
During the programme you will spend at least 120 days in schools and 70 days in centre-based training. 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.
Training at the Centres
In these sessions you will be learning and practising your craft before teaching in the classroom. The training days include 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. We offer two training centres in Essex (Wickford and Southend) and give you access to all Canterbury Christ Church University facilities.
Training in School
Evidence shows that the best learning comes from training alongside the highest quality teachers, and with us, you benefit from a significant amount of real school experience as you work alongside the best teachers in our area.
We offer free additional training in Special Educational Needs and Disability, Early Years Foundation Stage, Leadership and Mathematics. All trainees are offered the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification during the year.
Throughout the programme you will gather evidence against the Teachers Standards which will be used, together with lesson observations and professional discussions to make judgements about your teaching for your final assessment in term 3. Your teaching will be assessed by both school mentors and your SCITT-based tutors.
Successful trainees are awarded QTS and also have the opportunity to study for a PGCE by submitting one written assignment, one presentation and a research project.
We have an exceptionally well regarded support programme in place for all trainees. You will be assigned your own personal tutor, who will visit you in school and at the base, and a class and school mentor whose role it is to train and support you in school.
‘The partnership ensures that trainees are well prepared for teaching … Headteachers confirm that NQTs are well prepared for the role of teacher.’ Ofsted 2016
Applications must be clearly written and provide evidence of a strong desire to be a primary teacher and an interest in children’s learning.
Successful applicants will be called to for interview as soon as we have received your applications from UCAS. If you have applied and have not heard back from us just give our office a ring so that we can check on the progress of your application.
The interview typically starts at 9.30 until 3.30 depending on the number of candidates being interviewed. The day gives applicants a chance to demonstrate all the necessary qualities and skills needed to be a successful teacher.
At the start of the day you will meet other candidates and have a chance to ask SCITT staff any questions you might have.
- During the day you will be asked to:
- Work with groups of children under the direction of the class teacher;
- Lead an activity with a whole class;
- Reflect on your experiences in the classroom and teaching that you have observed.
- Take tests in English and Mathematics;
- Observe an experienced teacher and write about what you have seen;
- Participate in an interview with a senior member of the SCITT staff and a headteacher from one of our schools
It is important that you come to interviews prepared for the tasks set so that we are able to assess your suitability to train.
Successful applicants will be notified within 2 working days and offered a place.
How school placements work
We pride ourselves on being the preferred teacher training provider for over 100 Essex, Southend, Thurrock and London primary schools. The breadth of the partnership ensures that we are able to offer a diverse range of training opportunities, learning from leading edge practitioners and experts. Most of our schools are located near public transport and within easy reach for non drivers. You can see our current list of schools on our website https://etpscitt.co.uk/about-etp-scitt/schools
We do our very best to match you with a school as near to where you live as possible. We take your personal circumstances into account and aim to ensure that no trainee has to travel for more than an hour to reach their schools. You will train in at least 2 school spending the last two terms in the same school. For those on SEND and behaviour specialist routes you will spend terms 1 in a mainstream school and term 2 in a specialist setting then term 3 in either. We will ensure that you are offered experience in a range of socio-economic settings.
What will you do in school?
Working alongside experienced teachers, you will be supported to take on a slowly increasing teaching role. You will build up from working with small groups to teaching the whole class at 80% by the end of the final term. A class teacher and a member of SLT will provide high quality mentoring and pastoral support throughout your placements.
“The partnership ensures that trainees are well prepared for teaching … Headteachers confirm that NQTs are well prepared for the role of teacher.”
Beyond the programme
We are thrilled and proud to say, that a staggering 100% of our trainees are recruited into teaching posts at the end of their training, with around 85% being employed in our partnership schools. 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.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Course fees are set at £9,250 per year or £3,000 per term for those on an accelerated programme.
At Essex and Thames Primary SCITT we understand that you are concerned about how your fees are spent. It’s a big investment and you have every right to know what you’re investing in. Providing you with the very highest quality teacher training is what we are totally committed to doing.
Home and EU/EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of our school direct tuition fees. The loan comes from Student Finance England and once agreed, means that you won’t have to pay the tuition fees up front in order to train with us. You will only start to repay the loan once you are in full time employment and earning over approximately £21,000 per year.
You may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs – amounts are dependent on household income and if you’re living with your parents or away from home. If you are an EU/EEA national, to be considered for a Maintenance Loan, you are also required to have been living in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course. For more details, please use the online Student Finance Calculator https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
At Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, because of our large number of primary school and teaching school partners, we are pleased to report that an increasing number of bursaries are being offered by schools to graduates who train with us. Schools understand that we attract high quality trainees and that we train them rigorously, so the bursaries they offer reflect their confidence in being able to recruit successfully from our newly qualified teacher pool.
Bursary amounts have ranged from £1000 to £6000+ in recent years, and are completely school led (not SCITT led). We recommend that you apply early to be considered for one of these bursaries.
More information on finance can be found on our website:
With 20 years experience in teacher training, our knowledgeable office and finance staff are always at hand with advice and practical support for students with financial concerns or issues with student finance. We are experienced at applying for additional sources of support for those in real need and encourage our students to come and talk to us with financial worries.
To apply to us you must have:
An honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a university in Great Britain or Overseas, or an ordinary degree with 300 credits, of which 60 must be at level 6, or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree.
GCSEs at level C (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science and English.
The ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any school experience, many of our schools are happy to provide the opportunity for applicants to gain experience with them.
We would like to hear from you if you are:
Keen to become an outstanding teacher;
Creative and imaginative;
Keen to open the minds of young people to achieve their fullest potential;
Able to work collaboratively;
Prepared to innovate and take risks:
Prepared to learn from research;
Prepared to work hard to develop your skills and your understanding of how children learn;
Committed to providing a positive nurturing learning environment.
Most of all, we are looking to recruit trainees with a real passion for entering the teaching profession.
Once you have accepted your offer we will make an application for an enhanced DBS check. All offers will be subject to this being completed successfully.
All candidates are required to make a fitness to teach declaration to Occupational Health.
About the training provider
We are a large dynamic partnership of schools with 21 years of experience behind us. Our excellent training is supported by expert practitioners in more than100 good and outstanding primary schools throughout the East of England. Due to the outstanding reputation we hold locally for the provision of rigorous and effective training 100% of our trainees gain employment each year, often within partner schools (86% in 2019). Our course has one of the highest long-term retention rates in the country, currently approximately 30% higher than the national average.
Not only will you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by training with us, but you will also receive professional training in educational theory leading to a PGCE award with masters level credits (validated by Canterbury Christ Church University). As a result, you will begin your teaching career with excellent practical teaching skills and a deep understanding of the underpinning educational theory enabling you to work effectively across the whole primary phase of education.
‘Training is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all trainees.’ Ofsted.
We pride ourselves on offering bespoke support and guidance through your Personal Tutors and School-Based Mentors during your training and we continue this into your first year of teaching with our NQT support team.
Visit www.etpscitt.co.uk to hear what our trainees and schools say about us.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Training with a disability
We value diversity and encourage applications for places from disabled trainees. Many trainees with a wide range of disabilities have successfully completed our course; many leaving us to go on and become outstanding teachers.
What happens if you have additional needs?
Each year we recruit trainees with a wide range of additional needs and we regularly work in partnership with other agencies to ensure we provide everyone with the best possible support. The SCITT employs the services of a specialist in Occupational Health, and working together, we can accommodate the needs of any applicant we feel has the potential become a good teacher and therefore an asset to our schools.
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
We accept trainees every year with dyslexia and /or dyspraxia and have a number of specialist mentors in our schools who can provide bespoke advice and guidance. All trainees with disabilities will have allocated sessions with a centre-based tutor who can ensure that any reasonable adjustments are made to your training.
We pride ourselves on our approach to trainee wellbeing. We work extensively with other services to ensure that we provide you with the best possible support. We are able to offer coaching and access to counselling services as needed. All our staff are trained mental health first aiders. Taught sessions include mindfulness, stress management and resilience training.
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Runwell Primary School, Canewdon Gardens, Wickford SS117BJ
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