Essex and Thames Primary SCITT
Primary (5-11) (392M)

QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

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

About the course

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).

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.

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 enrol 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.

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.

Interview process

Candidates must meet the essential entry requirements (or have the required qualifications by the start of the course). Applications must be clearly written and provide evidence of a strong desire to be a primary teacher and successful applicants will be called to an interview day. The interview involves a number of elements that give applicants a chance to demonstrate all the necessary qualities and skills needed to be a successful teacher.

At interview you will be asked to:

Participate in an interview with a senior member of the SCITT staff and a headteacher from one of our schools;

Work with a whole class;

Work with groups of children;

Take part in a group discussion;

Reflect on your experiences in the classroom and teaching that you have observed.

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 have 135 schools in Essex and London working with us, and we are growing all the time. You can see our current list of trust schools on our website

You will spend 120+ days in school-based training placements which are in at least 2 different schools and are in alternate key stages so 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 this programme, you will teach from age 5-11. 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 thrilled and proud to say, that a staggering 100% of our trainees are recruited into teaching posts at the end of their training, primarily in our partnership schools.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,000
EU students £8,000

Course fees are set at £8,000 per year or £2,667 per term for the first two terms and £2,666 for the third. Part time fees will be charged at £5,000 in year 1 and £3,000 in year 2.

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

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

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:

Once the DfE has published new finance figures for 2019/20, we will update our finance guide which can be obtained by contacting our office:

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.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities (optional)

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.

Other requirements

Candidates are required to pass the Skills Tests in English and Mathematics following an offer of a place. Support to do this is available to those candidates who have accepted offers with us.

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 one of the country's leading school-centred initial teacher training programmes with 20 years of experience behind us. Our excellent training is supported by a large partnership of 130 good and outstanding primary schools with experienced teachers and Personal Tutors to mentor you, offering you bespoke support and guidance throughout the year. Due to the outstanding reputation we hold locally for the provision of rigorous and effective training, our trainees are among the first to gain employment each year, often within partner schools.

Visit to hear what our trainees and schools say about us.

‘Training is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all trainees.’ Ofsted.

We pride ourselves on offering excellent support, providing you with a personal tutor during training, and continuing our support into your first year of teaching with our NQT support team.

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.

Our course has one of the highest long-term retention rates in the country. We are proud that all our graduates obtain teaching jobs and that so many go on to become successful school leaders.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training with a disability

We value diversity and encourage applications for places from disabled trainees, confident in our disabled access facilities at both SCITT training basis. Likewise, all of our partnership schools have suitable disabled access facilities and welcome such applicants. 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?

Don’t be put off training with us! 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 too, and working together, we try to accommodate the needs of any applicant we feel would be physically and mentally capable to become a good teacher and therefore an asset to our schools.

If you think your disability will mean you need additional support, or wish to discuss any aspect of access in more detail please email

Contact details

01268 570 215
Essex & Thames Primary SCITT
Runwell Primary School
Canewdon Gardens, Runwell
SS11 7BJ


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

  • Training provider code: T25
  • Training programme code: 392M

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Location Vacancies Code
London and Essex Site
Runwell Primary School, Canewdon Gardens, Runwell, Wickford SS11 7BJ
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