Tes Institute

Tes Institute is a designated School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider , accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver initial teacher training. We work in partnership with a number of schools in Essex, Greater London and Kent to deliver our School Direct programme.

School Direct is a school-based programme with the option to add a PGCE, which is delivered in-school alongside the qualified teacher status QTS programme. The PGCE is validated and awarded by the University of East London (UEL), our partner university. 

Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with a number of schools in Essex, Greater London and Kent. We offer a primary (age 5-11) and a secondary (age 11-16) School Direct training programme in key teaching subjects.

Routes: School Direct salaried and School Direct non-salaried

There are two School Direct training routes available, School Direct salaried and School Direct non-salaried, both lasting one academic year. Both routes allow you to work in our partnership schools as a member of the school team and learn your skills from experienced professionals. You’ll gradually start to take lessons alongside training and, in time, take shared responsibility for pupils. You’ll also attend school professional studies and professional development training.

Your school mentor

You’ll have weekly meetings with your experienced in-school mentor who will support you throughout your programme.

Online teaching courses

Throughout your programme, you’ll have the equivalent of one day per week for your online study and you’ll participate in online learning via an innovative and interactive e-learning platform where you can access course materials, lessons and tutorials, making learning extremely flexible. If you opt to undertake the PGCE as well as QTS you’ll also benefit from access to our partner university’s e-library when completing the PGCE assignments.

The PGCE option

Both our School Direct routes give you the option to add a PGCE that will be awarded by UEL. If you choose this option, you’ll be required to complete a number of additional written assignments to the level specified by UEL.

Course start dates

Each School Direct training programme is specifically designed for the school and start dates may vary from school to school. We recommend you contact the Lead School Directly. 

Areas covered

Essex, Greater London and Kent


Primary 5 - 11

Secondary 11 - 16, in range of subjects


School Direct full time: Salaried and Non-salaried, achieving QTS

School Direct part time: Non-salaried only, achieving QTS

All routes allow you to undertake a PGCE with the University of East London

Click here for an explanation of the different routes into teaching