Essex Teacher Training

Essex Teacher Training is a large provider, offering a variety of different school-based routes to QTS. We train around 150 trainees a year in partnership with schools across Essex and its adjoining counties. Working with so many schools, we can offer you training in your local area which is tailored to suit your individual requirements. We offer training in both primary and secondary schools, both full time and part-time (over 2 years) and we also offer the primary programme in special schools. 

We have a great partnership with our schools and headteachers value the contribution trainee teachers can make to their schools. As a result, trainees enjoy their training and the vast majority gain employment in one of our partner schools, once qualified. Being a trainee teacher is about having a passion to make a difference and continuing to learn. You will typically be in school 4 days a week and engage in a structured learning programme on the fifth day. All of our tutors are experts in their field and many are still teaching, so you benefit from their knowledge and experience, helping you develop your own teaching as you progress through the course.

We pride ourselves on the support we offer our trainees and put trainee wellbeing at the heart of what we do. You will be supported by an in-school mentor as well as an external tutor from us. Our programme leaders are both mental health first aid instructors and all our core staff have completed mental health training with MHFA England. We are committed to providing a supportive environment for you to complete your training. Our trained and sympathetic staff proudly display their MHFA badges in their email signatures, so you’ll always have someone to turn to for advice, support and guidance.

Areas covered

Essex, East Hertfordshire, South Suffolk and North London

Core training in Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Harlow


Primary 3-7 and 5-11

Secondary 11-16 and 14-19 in a range of subjects


SCITT: Full and Part time; Non-Salaried; QTS + PGCE

School Direct: Full and Part time; Non-Salaried and Salaried; QTS+ PGCE

Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship: Full-time; Salaried; QTS only

Assessment Only: for experienced teachers with a degree; Salaried with a twelve-week assessment period to achieve QTS

*PGCE is from the University of Derby

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