Our school-based training programme can be followed either full time over 1 year or part-time over two years. 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.
Our programmes offer you:
A high percentage of time spent in a school experienced in training trainees
A high quality professional studies programme
Recognition of your previous experience
A good understanding of, and preparation for, the teaching profession
Our training gives you:
Termly visits from your personal external tutor/subject tutor
Induction before you start
A professional studies programme which includes training on National Curriculum subjects, behaviour management, inclusion, assessment and SEND (Please note trainees on the Schools Direct routes will undertake some of this training with their host schools)
Opportunities to meet regularly with other trainees
Opportunities to observe and work alongside experienced teachers, gradually taking more responsibility for group and class teaching
Teaching experience across a specified age range: 3-7 or 5-11 years
Teaching experience in at least two schools
A comprehensive course handbook outlining all course requirements (online resource)
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 PGCE programme 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 if on the full time programme and 2 days a week and attend training on the 3rd day if part-time.
We endeavour to keep travelling time 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.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Cherry Tree Primary School
Church Road, Basildon, SS16 4AG
Crays Hill Primary School
London Road, Crays, Billericay, CM11 2UZ
Fairhouse Community Primary School
Long Riding, Basildon, SS14 1QP
MTTP is looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of you people through education
. We also look for the following attributes within our chosen graduates:
Growth Mindset thinking
Ambition and aspiration for our children
Reflective and enquiring minds
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.
Fees for full time 1 year programme are £9150.
Fees for part-time 2 year programme are £6000 per year.
Financial support from the training provider
MTTP applicants may have the potential to be offered the opportunity of a Tax Free Bursary. The bursary for this year is £10,000 which consists of 10 monthly payments of £1,000.
As well as the potential of a tax free bursary, MTTP may also offer a ‘Golden Handcuff’ which includes a 1st July 2022 start date along with an enhanced starting salary depending on experience. You would be expected to stay at the school that has employed you for a minimum of two years.
About the training provider
Our School Direct (SD) course is designed by the Merrylands Teacher Training Partnership (MTTP) and Essex Teacher Training (ETT).
We are looking to recruit high quality graduates onto our School Direct programme. School Direct is a popular choice for trainees and many secure a teaching post in the network of schools where they train, for their ECT induction years.
The MTTP School Direct course lasts one year, and trainees train at schools across Basildon. This course offers a brilliant option for trainees that want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but prospective trainees shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. They’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. This ensures trainees won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks the trainee is ready.
School Direct graduates have very high rates of employment and trainee
The MTTP prides itself on the following values:
Growing and developing future teachers
Investing time and energy in supporting and challenging trainees
Creating a long term career pathway – from trainees to highly effective, reflective practitioners, and building potential for future school leaders and managers
Developing a depth of understanding of teaching and learning
Facilitating delivery of great learning experiences
Offering high quality training and excellent Continuous Professional Development across the teaching school alliance
Harnessing the quality existing within our schools in order to create aspirational and inspirational future teachers and leaders
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 or one of our partner schools. This interview could include: an activity with pupils, for example, teaching part of a lesson, or taking a group activity; a pupil panel interview; a written task and a formal interview with a small panel of representatives from the school and wider School Direct partnership. If successful, you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train.
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
Here at MTTP we are committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS. If you have a specific need, we can discuss this with you at interview and agree a suitable level of support.
Merrylands Primary School Cumberland Drive Basildon Essex SS15 6QS
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