West Essex School Direct Partnership
Art and Design (2PJX)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited provider
Tes Institute
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

If you would like to join a profession which will engage you in the most challenging and interesting way with the clear worth and the moral objective of educating the future of our locality, the West Essex School Direct Partnership will provide the very highest opportunity to be an outstanding teacher and the greatest likelihood of employment.

The Lead School, Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, Essex, is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' school whose children achieve exceptional results.

The West Essex School Direct Partnership has a long tradition of successful teacher training and we were centrally involved in the 'pilot' year 2012-13 when the Government launched the programme. We have a large cohort of trainees on the 2018-2019 secondary programme; in addition to this, we also have several trainees on the primary course.

We provide a very special, school based training experience in partnership with TES Institute who have a reputation for innovative on-line learning materials, especially in shortage subjects, with its Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

There are 18 schools in Our Partnership, all judged to be 'Outstanding' or 'Good' by Ofsted. The Partnership has been in existence for over 6 years, which ensures that cooperation between the schools is established and is one of its strengths.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) is provided on-line as part of the course delivery. Several days are spent in a local primary school in order to experience KS2 teaching; in addition, there will be visits to a Special School (Special Educational Needs) and also to Heathcote School to experience teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language.

Each trainee will record evidence to meet the teaching standards and all supporting reports and documentation via the TES Institute Learning Environment and will have access to their library to research the 3 assignments through this facility.

For successful applicants, there will be an induction day in July after which you will start at your own school on the first day of term (having spent some time visiting to get to know the staff, school and its routines).

You will be treated as a member of staff, attend staff meetings and all development training days. All of the Mentors have been trained in mentoring/coaching skills and will be effective classroom observers with feedback skills.

Interview process

The interview process will comprise of:

  • teaching a lesson for about 30-40 minutes
  • an interview
  • a written side of A4 to confirm spelling, punctuation and grammar capabilities

This will be conducted by at least two people, one of which will have been 'Safer Recruitment' trained.

How school placements work

You will be trained in schools which have finely developed systems in place to nurture development of the whole teacher and equip the trainee teacher with the 'tools of the trade'.

Each successful trainee is placed in a school for the majority of the placement and the training will be provided by expert practitioners. A dedicated Professional Studies Programme takes place each week, mainly at either Ongar Academy or Davenant Foundation School in Essex, or at one of our other partner schools. In the Spring Term, there is a 6 week second placement in a contrasting school setting - usually within one of the partnership schools. Some of the schools in the partnership have an 11-18 intake and offer KS5 opportunities. All of the schools are fully comprehensive. Several schools have a discreet Christian ethos.

Our Partnership Schools are:

  • Davenant Foundation School, Loughton (Lead School)
  • Stewards Academy, Harlow
  • West Hatch High School, Chigwell
  • Passmores Academy, Harlow
  • Roding Valley High School, Loughton
  • St. Mark's West Essex Catholic School, Harlow
  • Heathcote School & Science College, Chingford
  • The Boswells School, Chelmsford
  • Mark Hall Academy, Harlow
  • The Ongar Academy, Ongar
  • Great Baddow High School, Chelmsford
  • Moulsham High School, Chelmsford
  • Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport
  • William De Ferrers School, South Woodham Ferrers
  • The Sandon School, Chelmsford
  • Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford
  • Sir John Payne, Chelmsford
  • Anglo European School, Ingatestone


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,400
EU students £8,400

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Tuition fee loan/living cost loan is through the Student Loans Company.



Candidates must have passed English and Maths at GCSE at C/Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) and preferably have an A'level Grade B or better in the subject chosen for the teacher training programme.

Primary trainees require Grade 4/C in Science as well.

You should also be a graduate, with at least a 2:2 degree, although we're willing to consider applicants who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and some previous experience working in a school setting. You should have a degree in which the majority of the content is in the subject in which you wish to train.

Other requirements

Successful applicants will need to have passed a skills test in numeracy and literacy. Some school experience is desirable. For E-Bacc subjects, there is Subject Knowledge Enhancement, which may be a condition in the offer of a place.

About the training provider

At the West Essex School Direct Partnership, we believe that teaching is an exciting and rewarding profession.

Our Partnership is based at and managed by the Lead School, Davenant Foundation School, in Loughton, Essex, and recruits for 18 secondary and 5 primary schools in the West Essex, Harlow and Chelmsford areas. All of our Partner schools are judged ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Our unique blended learning programme combines school based training, on-line learning materials, a network of experienced subject specialists to deliver pedagogy, subject knowledge and off-site visits to special schools, primary schools and Leading Teacher days.

All schools in our Partnership have a successful track record of working with trainee teachers and university PGCE providers. Each school provides trainees with a fully trained mentor, supported by a Pathway Tutor (subject specialist) from TES Institute who visits each half-term to monitor progress and to “Quality Assure” our programme. Our route has provided consistent employment for trainees within the Partnership on completion of their training. In the last 3 years, all of our trainees had been employed before the end of the course, the majority of these in the schools where they had trained.

Successful applicants gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and most choose to complete a PGCE.

We provide excellent role models from within the teaching staff and opportunities to observe ‘outstanding teaching’. Each school aspires to engender an ‘appetite for learning’ within its pupil community, both in the classroom and within the range of extra-curricular activities it provides.

Training with disabilities and other needs

TES Institute and the West Essex School Direct Partnership are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies.

TES Institute will:

  • Encourage applications from people with disabilities
  • Seek to provide information in suitable formats
  • Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of academic potential and suitability to train to teach
  • Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated
  • Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable
  • Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants
  • Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required
  • Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed
  • Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students
  • Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies
  • Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required

Contact details

West Essex SD Partnership
Chester Road
IG10 2LD


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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1OS
  • Training programme code: 2PJX

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Name Address Code
Main Site Chester Road, Loughton IG10 2LD -

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