Essex School Direct Primary (38J3)

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

Accredited body
Tes Institute
Financial support
Student finance 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

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.

Our 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 the Chelmsford Learning Partnership (CLP), a multi-academy trust based in Springfield, Chelmsford. The schools within 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 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.

The town of Chelmsford has excellent transport links via road and rail, and is 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.

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’.

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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.

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.

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’ in Literacy or Numeracy 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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