A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and have the option to buy-in to a PGCE Programme with Anglia Ruskin University. The cost of this is £1300 and payable in 2 instalments. 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. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary or phase within primary.
In school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by Anglia Ruskin University and comprises 2 assignments and related tasks, which are spread across the course of the year.
Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers’ Standards.
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.
The programme covers the secondary age range 11-16. You will be required to teach at both KS3 and KS4 and will have the opportunity to teach KS5 but it is not a requirement.
Successful applicants will be placed in one of our partner schools.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in English 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
Satisfactory recruitment checks including enhanced DBS, children’s barred list, prohibition order check and reference check.
£18,419 - 39 weeks
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Eastwood Park Academy Trust (EPAT)
The Eastwood Academy is an ‘Outstanding’ Secondary School - the Lead School in The Eastwood Park Academy Trust (EPAT). In conjunction with Essex Teacher Training, we provide trainee teacher positions across a local network of schools in the Southend area.
The following schools work within our partnership:
The Eastwood Academy.
Southend High School for Girls.
Leigh North Primary.
Your interview will be conducted across three phases:
Phase 1 - Interview and presentation
Phase 2 - second interview in your potential placement school
Phase 3 - lesson observation
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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