Essex School Direct
Primary (38J2)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Tes Institute
Financial support

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Essex School Direct provides 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.

TES Institute, a leading teacher training provider and the newest member of the TES Global family, is delighted to be working in partnership with Passmores Co-operative Learning Community Trust and its partners to deliver School Direct initial teacher training (ITT).

Our salaried and unsalaried School Direct programmes are accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and they provide a blend of online learning and in-school experience leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The PGCE is accredited by our partner University and is subject to annual review.

Essex School Direct Primary training programmes are run through two Partnerships. The Passmores Cooperative Learning Community (PCLC) in Harlow and the Chelmsford Learning Partnership (CLP), a multi-academy trust based in Springfield, Chelmsford. The schools within both PCLC and CLP believe that teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. Their vision is to offer the highest standard of education for all, both in the local communities and beyond.

In Harlow, our Primary training programme centres around several schools, including Purford Green Primary School, Potter Street Academy and The Downs Primary School. In Chelmsford, our training programme centres around Barnes Farm Infant School, Barnes Farm Junior School, The Beaulieu Park School, Perryfields Infant School and The Tyrrells School.

Both towns of Harlow and Chelmsford have excellent transport links via road and rail, and are accessible to London and Cambridge within 45 mins. Most candidates who train with us are local but because of good transport links in both areas, we have had numerous applicants from the wider West and Mid Essex areas and Hertfordshire.

Interview process

The partnership schools will take part in a shortlisting process for each subject on offer.

Following this, there will be an interview at a school, which will consist of:

  • An observation of a short teaching activity, which the applicant will be briefed on prior to the day of interview
  • A written task
  • A maths task
  • A formal interview

Applicants who are successful at interview will be offered a conditional place, subject to the following being met:

  • Satisfactory references
  • Satisfactory medical assessment
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)
  • National and Local Terms & Conditions of Employment.

NB: other conditions may also apply, and the interview process may be subject to variation due to Covid-19.

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’.

All primary trainees will need to train to teach the 5 - 11 age range, with a placement in both key stages across the year.

Each successful trainee is placed in one school for the majority of the placement and the training will be provided by expert practitioners. A second placement will take place in a contrasting school.


With School Direct salaried programmes, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be employed and paid by a school directly as an unqualified teacher. This has previously been on Point 1 of the Unqualified Teaching Scale. The amount will be subject to tax.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



To qualify for this school-centred route, you must have English, Maths and Science GCSE Grade 4/C or above, and a degree.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work using own initiative and manage own work load
  • Ability to combine work and study
  • Ability to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues
  • Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning
  • To have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An interest in and enjoyment of working with children
  • An ability to reflect on own practice and to listen and learn from guidance and from teaching and learning experiences
  • An understanding of children’s needs
  • An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures

Other requirements

You must have 2 references, and have DBS clearance from our provider.

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, and recruits for 23 secondary and 8 primary schools in the West Essex, Harlow, Havering 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, 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.

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 details

Essex School Direct
Chester Road
IG10 2LD


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