Essex & Thames SCITT

If you are looking to embark on a rewarding teaching career or transition to the field of education, Essex & Thames SCITT is your ideal choice. With a legacy spanning over 20 years, we have established ourselves as a premier teacher training provider in the UK.

Our exceptional training program is bolstered by an extensive network of 100+ partner nurseries, primary schools, and special schools, with a PGCE accredited by Anglia Ruskin University. What truly sets us apart is our reputation for delivering effective training, which consistently results in our trainees securing teaching positions early on, often within our partner schools.

Our team and partner schools boast a wealth of experience in teacher training, equipped with the know-how to inspire and support trainees right from the outset. Our robust mentoring and support systems ensure swift responses to your evolving needs.

But here's the real highlight – we're not just your run-of-the-mill school-based primary teacher training provider. We take immense pride in nurturing both aspiring teachers and career changers. With our "Education Family," you'll have a dedicated tutor accompanying you throughout your journey. They'll prepare you for your first years of teaching, offering continuous guidance as you navigate the intricacies of the profession. Moreover, you'll become part of a thriving community, just like Sarah, one of our trainees, who said, "One of the best things about training with Essex & Thames Primary SCITT is that everyone supported each other and shared advice, resources, and stories. Being part of the 'SCITT family' is amazing."

Discover the incredible support, camaraderie, and expertise of Essex & Thames SCITT. Join our SCITT family, where you'll be part of a community that not only shares wisdom but also celebrates your journey. It's here that your teaching adventure truly begins and flourishes.

Areas covered

Essex, Thurrock and Southend


Primary 3-7

Primary 5-11

Specialisms available in SEND, PE, Behaviour, Leadership or Primary Maths


Primary General: ages 3-7 or 5-11; duration 1 year (full or part-time)

Primary Specialist (SEND, PE, Behaviour, Leadership or Primary Maths): ages 3-7 or 5-11; duration 1 year (full time)

Assessment Only QTS: ages 3-7, 5-11, 7-14 or 11-16 and 14-18; duration 6-12 weeks

We offer both QTS with PGCE (in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University) and QTS Only on all general courses.

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