A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a PGCE Programme with the Anglia Ruskin University. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training is a blend of face to face and online and occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary or phase within primary
YIn school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by Anglia Ruskin University and comprises 2 assignments and related tasks, which are spread across the course of the year.
Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers’ Standards.
If you wish to train on the part-time School direct programme, this is typically for 3 days a week over the course of 2 years. The programme is very similar to the one year programme in terms of support and delivery, the only difference being that you will be in school 2 days per week and attend training on 1 day a week. The majority of centre-based training will take place in Year 1 and you will be enrolled on the Masters programme for the PGCE in Year 2.
Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day. We endeavour to keep travelling time to school to a minimum so we will take into account your home address when allocating a school. The programme covers the primary age ranges 3-7 or 5-11 and you will be teaching within one of these age ranges.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We advise applicants to use one of the two equivalency testing providers listed below.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
Satisfactory recruitment checks including enhanced DBS, children’s barred list, prohibition order check and reference check.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,150.
If part-time fees are £6000 per year
About the training provider
We are a Lead School for Teacher Training with 18 years experience of school based training. We work closely with our colleagues at Essex Teacher Training. We train around 15 teachers each year here and in our partner schools which are mainly in NE and Mid Essex, Although as a growing multi-academy trust we will have schools in Tendring, Colchester, Witham, Chelmsford and Braintree. Schools are carefully selected so that trainees get the support they need during the training year. Each trainee will be placed with an experienced teacher, who is quite often their mentor too, and will also have the services of a Lead Mentor from St. Thomas More’s as well as a Tutor from Essex Teacher Training. The schools we work with have lots of experience with ITT and many of the staff will have taken similar school based routes into teaching. St. Thomas More’s has been Teaching School until the recent introduction of the TS Hubs and currently leads and manages Venn Essex Maths Hub, and as such will offer additional training opportunities and networking. Most of our schools will employ their trainee if a post becomes available. For example, in our school, 7 of our teachers were trained in house. There will be a similar picture across our partner schools showing how much we believe in the programme!
About the accredited body
Essex Teacher Training is a large provider, offering a variety of different school-based routes to QTS in schools across Essex and its adjoining counties.
Headteachers value the contribution trainee teachers can make to their schools. As a result, trainees enjoy their training and the vast majority gain employment in one of our partner schools, once qualified.
All of our tutors are experts in their field and many are still teaching, so you benefit from their knowledge and experience. We pride ourselves on the support we offer our trainees and put trainee wellbeing at the heart of what we do.
You will be invited to an interview in the lead school. This interview will include: a presentation on an educational topic of your own choice; an activity with pupils eg. teaching part of a lesson, or taking a
group activity; a written task and a formal interview with a small
panel of representatives from the School Direct partnership.
If successful,you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train.
This is all subject to Covid restrictions at the time and may change.
You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS. We are able to support candidates with specific needs and this can be discussed with individuals during the application process.
St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School Priory Street Colchester Essex CO1 2QB
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