Essex Teacher Training Courses – School Direct, PGCE and Assessment Only 


Essex and Thames Primary SCITT is the largest provider of School Direct primary teacher training in Essex. Our students gain a PGCE in Primary Education + QTS. Additionally, we offer the ‘Assessment Only’ route into teaching. We are inviting applications now for our Primary PGCE September 2017 entry.

Essex Teacher Training Courses

We offer high quality primary teacher training throughout Essex for large numbers of students in partnership with a large and growing selection of superb Essex primary schools. Working in partnership with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, the schools and SCITT jointly hand pick experienced teachers who mentor our trainees, offering them the highest levels of support and guidance throughout the training year.

The majority of students leave Essex and Thames Primary SCITT with an ‘outstanding’ grade, ready to tackle their chosen career with confidence. They speak highly of the excellent training received both in lectures and during their placements.

In fact, although it might seem like boasting, we’re proud that ALL of our trainees get jobs in teaching at the end of the course. We often hear from our schools direct during the summer term, asking us to suggest suitable NQTs to join their schools.

Benefits of becoming a teacher with us

Our students are among the first to gain employment each year as Headteachers understand the rigorous teacher training they have had during the year with us. Our NQTs benefit too, as they ‘hit the ground running’ from Day 1 in September, and are then supported with a varied and professional programme of NQT courses to help them reach the highest standards during their first year of primary teaching.

So, if you are a graduate looking to become a primary school teacher in Essex, keen to be rewarded for your year of hard work by obtaining a PGCE with your Qualified Teacher Status, then we would love to hear from you.


Listen to what our trainees say about our teacher training course

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“Starting my first job was nerve wracking, but the training I was given gave me real confidence. I felt really well prepared for the day to day running of the classroom, and because I had spent so much time in schools already I felt a valuable member of staff straight away.”
Ruth B.
“There’s no doubt about it. Essex & Thames Primary SCITT prepared us really well for life as a teacher. Other NQTs in my school were not so lucky. I would have no hesitation at all in saying to anyone considering teaching in primary – get on this course! You definitely won’t regret it!”
Jon C.


With 129 local Essex Schools working in partnership with Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, you can look forward to working placements in a variety of schools.

The Essex and Thames Primary SCITT is comprised of around 129 schools in Essex including many outstanding and special schools. All our schools are selected on the basis of their excellent reputations and experience in working with trainees. We currently work with a number of teaching school alliances, whose lead schools are based in Southend and Witham.


A list of our member schools involved in Essex and Thames teacher training can be found here: Partner Schools

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