What type of teacher training is on offer?

What type of teacher training is on offer?


You can apply for three types of teacher training through Mid Essex ITT:

  1. School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)
  2. School Direct, fee-paying
  3. School Direct, salaried 

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

SCITT courses are delivered by groups of schools and training providers so the majority of the training is in the classroom. Trainees will have one 'base' school, plus spend time at a second placement school, and go on to gain QTS and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Our course lasts from the beginning of September to the end of June, and particularly suits applicants who already have a lot of school experience as you will be based in schools from the beginning. This practical teacher training is written and taught by current, experienced teachers from our consortium schools.

All SCITT trainees are fee-paying and may be eligible for a bursary of up to £25,000 or a scholarship of up to £30,000 in certain subjects.

School Direct

The School Direct Training Programme allows schools to recruit and train trainees on the job. As well as QTS, completion of the course will give you a Professional Certificate of Education too. There is an expectation, but not a guarantee, of employment within the training school at the end of the programme.

The programme lasts for one year and has two routes for high-quality graduates who are interested in doing their training in the classroom:

  • Fee-paying - graduates may be eligible for a scholarship/bursary of up to £30,000 to support you during your training
  • Salaried - for experienced graduates with at least three years' work experience

What is the School Direct, salaried route?

This route is mainly aimed at career changers with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary as you train. A typical salary is £15,900 but can be higher for shortage subjects. Your school will also pay your tuition fees for you too.  At the end of the course you will receive QTS.  Some salaried trainees opt to study for a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education too, so please let us know if this is something that would interest you.

Am I eligible to apply for the School Direct, salaried route?

You will need at least three years’ work experience (in addition to the standard requirements). This may be in any career and does not have to be from an educational setting. High-quality graduates with less experience, especially in maths, physics, chemistry, languages and computing, may also be considered.

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