How to Apply Successfully for your Teacher Training in Essex

Primary and EYFS Entry Requirements

To meet Essex and Thames SCITT entry requirements, all candidates must:

  • Hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Professional, vocational and Overseas qualifications will be reviewed by our Senior Leadership Team to ensure equivalency.
  • GCSEs at level 4 or hold a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in Mathematics, Science and English.
  • Meet Essex and Thames SCITT suitability criteria:
      • Good quality of spoken and written English
      • Knowledge of the role of the teacher
      • Commitment to the profession
      • Good communication skills
      • A genuine interest in children’s learning
      • Have resilience
      • Evidence of ‘teach-bility’ and humility
      • Evidence of self-awareness and empathy
      • Evidence of problem solving skills
      • A passion for children’s learning

Secondary Entry Requirements

To meet Essex and Thames SCITT entry requirements, all candidates must:

  • Hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Professional, vocational and Overseas qualifications will be reviewed by our Senior Leadership Team to ensure equivalency.
  • Normally we would expect 50% of the degree to be relevant to the subject you wish to teach;
  • GCSEs at level 4 or hold a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in Mathematics and English.
  • Meet Essex and Thames SCITT suitability criteria:
      • Good quality of spoken and written English
      • Knowledge of the role of the teacher
      • Commitment to the profession
      • Good communication skills
      • A genuine interest in children’s learning
      • Have resilience
      • Evidence of ‘teach-bility’ and humility
      • Evidence of self-awareness and empathy
      • Evidence of problem solving skills
      • A passion for children’s learning

All Courses

There is no requirement to have previous school experience, however many applicants wish to gain some insight into teaching before starting the course. Usually, many of our schools are happy to provide the opportunity for applicants to gain experience with them, however due to the pandemic, this is unlikely at the present time, but we will be posting updates as the situation changes.

Details of how to obtain evidence of equivalency or sit equivalency tests may be found below:

Equivalency Testing Brentwood

A Star Equivalency Islington

We will also require you to undergo appropriate safeguarding checks including DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) prior to commencing your training.

Are you ready to apply?

For both Primary and Secondary courses you can apply for teacher training via UCAS or the DfE Apply System to our SCITT courses. We follow Safer Recruitment guidelines for our recruitment process at all times.

Ensure that you have:

  • Decided on salaried graduate apprenticeship or training programmes;
  • Decided on the age range you wish to train for;
  • Decided on whether you wish to train in mainstream or mainstream with SEND (spending at least a term in a specialist setting);
  • Selected the best course for you;
  • Drafted your personal statement;
  • Checked that you meet the entry requirements;
  • Identified your two referees;
  • Gathered a portfolio of all your examinations certificates to date.

Now you need to visit UCAS to apply, please use the following link:
UCAS – ITT Apply

DfE Apply

Make sure you read our top tips for a successful application by clicking the link below:
Top tips to writing a successful application to apply for teacher training

For help on how to apply, watch our handy video!

Not ready to apply yet? You can use our Registration Form to learn how to apply for courses in future years.

The Interview Process

Stage One: All applicants

All candidates, regardless of the route applied for, must meet the essential entry requirements (or have the required qualifications by the start of the course) in order to be invited for an interview. We read all applications, looking in particular for those which are clearly written and provide evidence of a strong desire to become a teacher. Applicants who meet these criteria are invited to attend an interview involving a number of elements giving them a chance to demonstrate all the necessary qualities and skills needed to become a successful teacher.

Due to the restrictions around visitors to schools you will be asked to:

  • Participate in an interview with a senior member of the SCITT staff by video link;
  • Give a short presentation by video link;
  • Write about a teaching video, which will be sent to you.

Stage Two: Primary Applicants

Once we are able to do so you will be observed teaching a short session and working with groups of pupils. We may make an offer prior to stage two depending on the outcome of stage one of your interview.

Stage Two: Secondary Applicants

If you are successful at stage one, you will be interviewed by prospective schools to secure a placement. If you already have a school that wants to train you, please let us know in your application. Once we are able to do so, you will be observed teaching a short session and working with groups of pupils.

Stage Three: Primary Salaried Graduate Apprentice and Secondary Salaried Route applicants

For applicants to the salaried graduate apprentice route for primary or secondary salaried training routes applicants that are successful at stage one will be invited to interview by schools wishing to employ a salaried trainee/apprentice. If you already have a school that wants to employ you, please let us know in your application. If you apply to this route and do not secure a school to offer you a contract as a salaried graduate apprenticeship or school direct salaried trainee, we always offer the training route place as an alternative. Once we are able to do so you will be observed teaching a short session and working with groups of pupils.

Interview outcomes

Applicants will usually be notified of a decision within 2 working days.

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