Essex & Thames SCITT

Essex & Thames SCITT is one of the UK's longest established teacher training providers, having sustained an excellent reputation for more than 22 years. Working in partnership with Anglia University, the courses offer excellent value for money and an opportunity to train with some of the very best teachers in the sector.

Based throughout Essex, Thurrock, Southend and East London, we work in partnership with primary, secondary and special schools, including a number of teaching schools, to offer a variety of postgraduate training opportunities.

As one of the largest providers of School Direct places in the region, we benefit from established partnerships with more than 100 schools. The strength of these relationships is what enables us to offer a wide range of opportunities to our trainees so that they have the right experience to hit the ground running. With a wide network of school partners, we can offer you opportunities to match your interests during your training, and pride ourselves on our flexible approach to your training.

All our staff and schools are highly experienced and knowledgeable about teacher training. They know how to encourage and support trainees so that they make a real difference to pupils' education from early on in the course, and our well-developed systems of mentoring and support enable us to respond quickly to a trainee's developing needs.

"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. There are lots of teachers in our schools who were trained by the SCITT too, so there was always someone to talk to about the course. I feel really well prepared." SCITT NQT

Areas covered

Essex, Thurrock, East London and Southend


Primary 3-7

Primary 5-11

Secondary 11-16

Specialisms available in SEND, PE, Behaviour or Primary Maths


Primary General: ages 3-7 or 5-11; full and part time

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

Secondary General: ages 11-16; full time

Secondary Specialist (SEND or Behaviour): ages 11-16; full time

Assessment Only QTS: ages 3-7, 5-11, 7-14 or 11-16; 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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