School Direct ITT

The West Essex SCITT Lead School is:

St John's CE Primary School DfE Apply/UCAS Provider Code 15D - unsalaried course code 32QJ, salaried course code 32QK

School Direct fee funded (unsalaried) and School Direct salaried Initial Teacher Training programme entry requirements
To qualify for the Primary School Direct fee funded (unsalaried) and School Direct salaried school centered route you must have English, Maths and Science GCSE grade C/4 or above or equivalent and a degree of preferably a 1st or a 2:1, though no minimum is specified as we are willing to consider applicants who have a degree who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. You must also:

1) provide 2 references 

2) be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in both spoken and written Standard English.

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What we are looking for
We are looking for outstanding candidates who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. Applicants must possess:
. a love of children and education
. good personal skills
. good levels of communication
. enthusiasm and be hard working
. desire to be the best that they can be

For both the unsalaried and salaried programmes, we are looking for applicants to have:

. An understanding of the role of a teacher
. An awareness of the National Curriculum and the Framework for Literacy and Mathematics
. Ability to use ICT for a range of purposes

Personal Qualities
. Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load
. Ability to combine work and study
. Ability to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues
. Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning
. Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills
. Ability to read effectively
. An interest in and enjoyment of working with children
. Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice
. An understanding of children's needs
. An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures

How we select our trainees

Please apply for 2021/2022 via UCAS or DfE Apply The application cycle is now open

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Please contact Susan Marbe for further information at:

We will be using online video conferencing to continue recruitment

Interviews will take place via Zoom. The selection process will be as follows:

i) You will be invited to conduct a short 10 minute presentation. You will be asked to prepare a maths activity and deliver it as though you are presenting it to a group of Primary aged pupils. This will be followed by a more formal 30 minute interview

ii) Candidates who are considered to have sufficient proficiency in English and Maths will be considered suitable for the programme and will then be asked to make contact with and visit partner schools in order to confirm their main placement school 

Applicants who are successful at interview and have secured a placement in a partner school, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:

Satisfactory references and satisfactory medical assessment.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment.

It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults. If you are offered a place on the programme, a DBS check is a vital entry requirement for this training programme.


School Direct Training Programme
For the 2021/2022 academic year, West Essex SCITT/St. John's CE Primary School will offer school direct (unsalaried) placements to graduates. The unsalaried training programme course fee for the 2021/2022 academic year is £9,000.00. 

DfE Grant Funding for the Primary School Direct salaried training programme has been removed nationally. Therefore, the cost of training for trainees on the salaried programme will be the responsibility of the employing school.

West Essex SCITT/St. John's CE Primary School will offer a small number of School Direct salaried places to those trainees with the breadth of experience to meet the high demands placed upon them as a salaried trainee. Training costs will be covered by the employing school and trainees will be offered a salary of point 1 unqualified teacher rate.

The School Direct training programme path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years, to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job, focusing on the 'Teachers' Standards' and leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Our partnership schools are in the Epping Forest, Harlow and Waltham Forest areas. The Epping Forest and Harlow schools are accessible by Central Line Tube, London Overground or major bus routes.

The School Direct training programme courses are based in one school for the majority of the training period with a second placement in a contrast school setting. Part of the course is theory based and there will be formal training days held mainly in our training room. Trainees are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon completion of the programme.

Our Teacher Educators and Tutors are excellent teachers that attend training and meet regularly to further develop their skills and enable them to pass on feedback, coaching and classroom observation.

Your professional responsibilities will include assessing, planning and teaching the primary curriculum.

School Direct requires a commitment of 5 days a week for the term of the training programme, from September to July. Trainees are expected to participate fully in the everyday life of the schools in which they train and, therefore, occasional evening or extra-curricular events will be obligatory.

For further information, please email us at the addresses shown on the contact tab or you can call us on 020 3325 2809 (term time only). Please also contact us if you would like to visit the school.

How to apply

Apply for Post Graduate Initial Teacher Training via DfE Apply/UCAS

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The portal opens in October. Once the application has been received and processed by DfE, it will be made available online for training providers to consider.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) is required for entry to Initial Teacher Training. We ask applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The School Direct Programme is a school based route to becoming a qualified teacher and achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The training, which normally takes three terms, takes account of previous experience and is tailored to suit individual needs. Although it is possible to train as a primary or secondary teacher via this route, our consortium only trains primary teachers, who may choose to focus on Foundation and KS1 or KS1 and KS2.

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers' Standards ; from developing good relationships with children and other colleagues to promote learning, to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum. Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.