Essex School Direct

Based at our Lead School, Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, Essex School Direct works as a partnership with 24 other schools in West Essex, Harlow, Chelmsford and Havering to provide both primary and secondary initial teacher training.

We provide a very special, school-based training experience in partnership with our HEI provider, Tes Institute. Tes have a reputation for innovative on-line learning materials, especially in shortage subjects, with its Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Our programme seeks to maximise time spent in the classroom from day one of the programme; we also offer an extensive face-to-face professional studies programme, made up of group learning sessions and subject specific sessions, of the highest quality and delivered within our locality. 

Tes Institute is committed to supporting school-based teacher training, through a team of highly experienced Pathway Tutors working in partnership with schools and trainees. In turn, each partner school provides a fully trained Mentor for each trainee.

The Directors of Essex School Direct have been involved in teacher training locally for many decades and have been working in partnership with TES for the last 5+ years. The collaboration and cooperation between the schools is well established and is a strength of the partnership.

Our programmes are accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and all lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The PGCE is accredited by our partner university (University of East London).

We are committed to attracting, training and developing both graduates and career changers to enable all schools within our area to reach the same level of excellence and quality of provision, thus ensuring that all our trainees achieve their full potential.

Areas covered

Epping Forest, Harlow, Chelmsford, Havering

Core training: partnership schools in West Essex, Harlow, Chelmsford and Havering. Face-to-face training in Ongar.


Primary and Secondary


Course designer (AB) - Tes Institute

  • Mainly a Secondary (11-16) provider offering non-salaried routes
  • Salaried routes are available for exceptional primary applicants and possible secondary ones, on recommendation of a school
  • Primary hub in Chelmsford
  • Primary and Primary with Maths training routes available
  • All trainees have the opportunity to do a PGCE
  • Part-time options available in both phases
  • PGCE accredited by the University of East London

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