Approximately 10 months – typically 01 September to 30 June.
Yes – typically you’ll be based in 1 school for the Autumn Term, a different school for the start of the Spring Term and then return to the first school.
The length of the school day is decided by each individual school. Typically you will be expected to be in school before 0830 and remain until 1630. Some days you may be required for a longer time if there are after school meetings or events.
Additional criteria for School Direct (salaried) candidates
Trainees are eligible to take up places on this route if they:
The lead school should take responsibility for ensuring that the candidate is eligible to take up employment as an unqualified teacher in England, before they are offered a place on the School Direct (salaried) route.
Additional criteria for School Direct (tuition fees) candidates
Trainees are only eligible to take up places on this route if they:
Bursary payments will be via BACS in 10 monthly installments with the first payment in October.
Salary payments will be made monthly to you, direct from your employing school.
They can be paid using
See https://www.gov.uk/student-finance for full details
The main student finance package includes a:
You might get extra help on top of this. For example: Trainees with children or dependent adults; Trainees with a Disability
You will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. Passing them forms part of the conditions of any offer of a training place. Get them booked early and if possible take them before interview.
School experience is essential if you are interested in becoming a teacher. Before you apply for teacher training, you’ll need to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible in order to strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) runs the school experience programme, which offers prospective trainee teachers the chance to see what it’s like to be a teacher. Many of our Essex Schools participate in this scheme.
The NCTL work with subject associations to provide a limited number of scholarships.
To be eligible for a scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths or physics. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.
Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:
computing: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
geography: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
languages: British Council
maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
physics: Institute of Physics scholarships
The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship may still be eligible for the standard bursaries.
All trainees who successfully complete the programme will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status
All non-salaried trainees will be enrolled on a PGCE Programme with University of Derby with the outcome of a PGCE with Masters Level 7 credits
The PGCE programme is optional for salaried trainees and a tuition fee of £1950 is payable to Essex Teacher Training in order to register
Your degree should be related to the subject you wish to teach and in most cases should contain subject related work of around 50%.
There are cases where this may not apply in full. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a query in regard to your degree. We will usually ask you to send a copy of your Academic Transcript which outlines the content of degree modules.
You may be required to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course if your degree does not contain enough content related to the subject you wish to train to teach. SKE courses are available in maths, physics, languages, biology, chemistry, computing, English, geography and design and technology.
It may not be appropriate to take an academic year to work towards QTS if you have been teaching as an unqualified teacher for two or more years. If you meet the following criteria the Assessment Only Route may be a possibility for you. This is a 12 week programme.
Individuals who hold QTS on the first day of their ITT course are not eligible for a training bursary.
Under current reciprocal arrangements, most qualified teachers from countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are able to receive QTS following application to NCTL. Teachers who qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA can also apply to NCTL to be awarded QTS. Lead schools and ITT providers should advise applicants in both of these categories to apply to NCTL. Teachers who are successful in their application and receive QTS will not be eligible for an ITT place, or a bursary; those that are unsuccessful in their application to NCTL may be considered eligible.
Potential trainees who may already be eligible to receive QTS under the conditions described above should email email@example.com or visit Qualified teacher status (QTS): qualify to teach in England for more information.
Individuals who hold Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and are members of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), formerly the Institute for Learning (IfL), are recognised as qualified teachers in maintained schools in England. They must continue to maintain their registration with the ETF for this recognition to be valid.
They will still be able to apply for an ITT place and in turn receive a bursary. However, they must meet all the criteria to be eligible.
Those who already hold early years professional status will be recognised as the equivalent of early years teachers.
Early years teachers are specialists in early childhood development. They are trained to work with babies and young children from birth to 5 years. They support and lead staff in early years settings, including early years educators.
They meet the same entry requirements and pass the same skills tests as trainee primary school teachers.
Essex TT only offers FS/KS1 (age 3 – 7) as a route within the primary teacher training programme. If you wish to work in an early years setting for 0 – 5 specifically you will then need to complete an Early Years initial teacher training (ITT) course, which will lead to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
Essex TT do not offer Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) only the award of QTS within the age range 3-7.
If you have a degree you can apply for any of the ITT programmes that Essex TT offers. You may be eligible for funding through the MOD, which could be used to pay tuition fees.
If you do not have a degree the NCTL offer Two-year Troops to Teachers courses for non-graduates that lead to QTS and a degree qualification. Further details can be found on the NCTL website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/specialist-training-options/troops-to-teachers
All applications are through UCAS. Go to www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training
Then register and make your application.
Yes – you will need two people to be referees. At least one should be an academic reference. If you left university more than 5 years ago then ask someone who can write you a professional reference instead. See http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training/filling-in-your-application/references
With Essex Teacher Training the School Direct (Tuition Fee) trainees follow exactly the same programme and training plan as the SCITT trainees.
School Direct (salaried) follow a slightly different training plan
Main difference is in how you apply:
School Direct (salaried) and School Direct (tuition fee) you apply directly to the Lead School
For SCITT you apply to Essex Teacher Training (code E75)
It is preferable but not essential. If you do not have any connections to a school you can still apply and we will then place you in a school with the aim of it being within a commutable distance of your home address.
If you find your own school:
Yes you can. In Apply 1 you can send your application to up to 3 different programmes.
However, if you are undecided between primary and secondary, we would advise you to get some experience in both a primary and secondary school and talk to different teachers to try to make a decision before applying.
If applying for secondary, the content of your degree or your experience will dictate which subjects you can apply for.
For School Direct see the info on our SD partners to see where the schools are.
For SCITT, we are happy to work with schools in neighbouring counties as long as the school meets the requirements set by us for being a host school for ITT. Please contact Essex TT for further information.
No – You will be given assistance to do this during the Autumn Term of your training year.
If the above hasn’t answered your question please contact us.