Essex School Direct Mathematics (2LZN)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Tes Institute
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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, Essex School Direct 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 a school whose children achieve exceptional results.

Essex School Direct 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 50 trainees on the 2022-2023 secondary programme; in addition to this, we have 5 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 over 20 schools in our Partnership, all judged to be ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The Partnership has been in existence for over 7 years, which ensures that cooperation between the schools is established and is one of its strengths.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) is provided online for many training subjects 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), a hearing-impaired unit and also to a 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 the Autumn 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.

School placements

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 trainee is placed in one school for the majority of the placement and the training will be assigned a Mentor and an ITT Coordinator. A dedicated Professional Studies Programme (called ‘Face2Face’) takes place each week, mainly at a central location in Ongar, or at one of our partner schools in West Essex or Chelmsford. Our Face2Face programme also offers many personalised, subject-specific training sessions with subject leaders across our partnership.

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:

West Essex and surrounding areas:

  • Davenant Foundation School, Loughton (Lead School)
  • West Hatch High School, Chigwell
  • Roding Valley High School, Loughton
  • Heathcote School & Science College, Chingford
  • The Ongar Academy, Ongar
  • Ilford County High School


  • Stewards Academy, Harlow
  • Passmores Academy, Harlow
  • St. Mark’s West Essex Catholic School, Harlow


  • The Boswells School, Chelmsford
  • Great Baddow High School, Chelmsford
  • Moulsham High School, Chelmsford
  • The Sandon School, Chelmsford
  • Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford
  • Sir John Payne, Chelmsford
  • Anglo European School, Ingatestone
  • Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow
  • William De Ferrers School, South Woodham Ferrers
  • Chelmsford County High School for Girls
  • Beauchamps School, Wickford


  • Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport
  • The Sele School, Hertford


  • Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, Romford
  • Royal Liberty School, Romford
  • Emerson Park Academy, Hornchurch


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Duffield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9RZ
Tracyes Road, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6JH
Main Site (Davenant Foundation School/West Essex/Havering/Hertfordshire Partner Schools)
Chester Road, Loughton, IG10 2LD

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

In some cases, we may accept candidates who have equivalencies in GCSE Maths, English Language and Science (for primary ITT). We accept equivalencies from A Star and Birmingham City University.

Other requirements

For E-Bacc subjects, there is Subject Knowledge Enhancement, which may be a condition in the offer of a place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,625.

  • Fee for QTS only = £8625
  • Fee for PGCE with QTS = £9250

Financial support from the training provider

Trainees, if eligible, can apply for the full tuition fee loan, plus a maintenance loan from Student Finance England.

About the training provider

At Essex School Direct, 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. We recruit for 24 secondary schools in West Essex, Harlow, Havering & Chelmsford, as well as 5 primary schools in Chelmsford. 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 and primary schools.

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 4 years, the vast majority of our trainees had been employed before the end of the course, almost all 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.

Interview process

The interview process will comprise of:

  • teaching a short lesson or ‘starter activity’ to a class for about 20 minutes OR
  • creating a lesson plan and presenting it to the interviewers
  • a face-to-face, formal interview
  • completion of Maths and English audits
  • completion of Fundamental Maths and English assessments (these may completed either as part of the interview process, or very shortly afterwards)

All interviews will be conducted by at least two people, one of which will have been ‘Safer Recruitment’ trained.

(Please note that, occasionally, the interview format may be subject to variation and may sometimes be conducted remotely.)

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

TES Institute and Essex School Direct 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 this training provider

020 8498 6718
Essex School Direct
Chester Road
IG10 2LD

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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