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Getting into Teaching

There are a number of ways you can train to become a teacher in Thurrock, the most common of which are listed below:

School Centred Initial Teacher Training:

Want to dive straight in?  Thurrock Teaching Schools offer a school-centred focus, where training takes place in schools and with accrediting providers, supported by an experienced mentor. As part of the school centred training, under School Direct, all trainees are able to experience a diverse range of schools and to teach a variety of ages.

There are two ways in which the school centred route can be taken:

The tuition fee option is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee and is open to all graduates. Trainees may receive a bursary from the Teaching Regulation Agency for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Under School Direct you would know which school would be your home school before training takes place.

Alternatively, the salaried option offers an employment-based route into teaching, in which the trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school. This programme is only available to graduates with three or more years’ career experience.

The Teaching Schools in Thurrock have a number of School Direct places (tuition and salaried) each year in both its primary and secondary schools.

The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership is the ITT arm of TPTSA and was formed by 14 Primary schools in the Thurrock area in 2012.  A shared vision of producing outstanding primary school teachers of the future brought the headteachers of these schools together to devise an innovative training programme under School Direct. The partnership has now grown to 17 schools and offer trainees a wide and varied experience whilst training.

Trainees are taught by experienced lecturers, teachers and headteachers in the partnership’s purpose built training room which runs along training led by UCL Institute of Education; an outstanding ITT provider.

For more information on what TTPP can offer you, please visit their website  To apply for a place on Teach Thurrock’s programmes visit search for the Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership or Dilkes Academy.

For training programmes run by TTSA you should search for St Clere’s on UCAS.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE):

Already have a degree? A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a higher education course, lasting just one year. The course provides thorough training which results in qualified teacher status. For more information on how to apply and course provider’s, please visit the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Certificate in Education (Cert. Ed.):

Don’t have a degree? The Certificate in Education (Cert. Ed) provides the same service as the PGCE, but a degree is not required to take part. Applicants for the Cert. Ed, however, must possess, or expect to possess before the start of their qualification, an NVQ at level 3 or 4 in the subject area they wish to teach.