Our Primary School Direct Programme offers high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Master’s level.
The course is 37 weeks long and combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate they have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. There are built-in assessment structures which help Trainees track their progression throughout the Colchester Teacher Training Consortium (CTTC) curriculum. This curriculum is centred around 4 key values: CREATIVITY, TARGETED INTERVENTION, THINKING CRITICALLY AND COLLABORATION and ensures trainees have full access to their entitlement under the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework.
The training consists of placements within two contrasting schools, along with centre-based training and engagement with evidence based academic research. There is also the opportunity to gain experience within specialist SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities) provision and Pupil Referral Unit settings. Additionally, trainees will have a Training Manager to support their subject and age-phase specific learning.
We have a high number of schools within our Consortium across North Essex and South Suffolk who offer diverse placements to our trainees. All schools provide excellent support and have been highly rated by ex-trainees as preparing them well for a career in teaching.
Please see our website or contact us for a list of our partner schools and for further details.
An undergraduate degree, 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.
Applicants should have excellent personal attributes that enable them to relate to young people, communicate effectively and embrace the economic, social and cultural diversity of modern Britain. An understanding of what makes effective teaching and learning in the primary phase would be of benefit.
Qualities sought include:
Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
Enthusiasm & commitment to continuing professional development
A willingness to train, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
Ability to cope with difficult and challenging situations
Good written and verbal communication skills
Well organised and hardworking
Sense of humour
We recognise that applicants will bring with them other relevant experience such as working with people and applying their subject knowledge to a range of context.
Offers of a training place are subject to safer recruitment procedures including pre-course screening checks. Safeguarding references will be sought and all applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. In addition, on-line searches will be carried out and overseas police checks will be sought for anyone who has spent more than three months outside of the UK.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,200.
About the training provider
Established in 2003, CTTC is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our strong partnership of over 65 schools and colleges across Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. The training hubs are located in Colchester, Southend and Ipswich to serve the local schools. Our schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar school, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.
Our programmes are run in collaboration with our partner schools and were judged outstanding across all areas by Ofsted. In 2022, 100% of trainees commended the quality of CTTC’s curriculum and programme.
Our Primary and Secondary School Direct programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including 60 Master’s level credits.
Local schools are keen to employ trainees from the partnership and many ECT and former trainees move quickly into leadership and management roles.
We host events and school experience taster sessions throughout the year, further details are published on our website and on social media.
We invite short-listed applicants to participate in a selection process involving the following:
Planning and delivering a 20 minute lesson to a group of 6 pupils
Applicants will be welcomed to one of our partner schools where they will have an opportunity to deliver a lesson they plan for a group of six pupils, the subject of which can be chosen by the candidate.
Applicants will then return to our training centre where they will be warmly welcomed by our team and asked to complete a short Maths and English task which includes composing a letter. This gives the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate how they can communicate in writing, accurately and effectively.
Finally, an interview will take place with the panel consisting of a Consortium Director and another leading member from our training team.
The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and questions will be framed around the applicant’s previous relevant experience, skills, knowledge of the curriculum and aptitude for becoming a teacher of the future. The process will also ensure that potential candidates are safe and appropriate to work with children and ensure their commitment to celebrating economic, social and cultural diversity.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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Support and advice
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