Tell me about the course....
- There is a combination of school-based training & provider-led training
- You will train in two different schools
- We will prepare you to teach ages 11-16 with post-16 enhancement (in a majority of subjects offered)
- You will have a visit to a primary school
- You will also visit a special educational needs school
- General Professional Studies takes place every Thursday morning
- Subject Specific Training takes place every Thursday afternoon
- Support of at least three different mentors
How long is the course?
If you choose the full-time course, it is one year. If you choose the part-time course, it will be over two years. You can read more about how the part-time courses operate here.
Our induction training will run over three days in July 2022. You will then start in your placement school at the beginning of September 2022.
What ages will I teach?
Mid Essex ITT offers courses in secondary teacher training only. Depending on which subject you train in, we will prepare you to teach across the 11-16 age range, with a post-16 enhancement or the 14 -19 age range if you are training in Business Studies, Psychology or Media Studies. Across your two school placements, all trainees will gain experience and an understanding of at least four school years.
What qualification will I get at the end?
If you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status or “QTS” and a PGCE. We currently offer a Level 7 PGCE programme which will enable you to gain 120 credits - 60 of these credits can be used towards further study at Master's level.
Is QTS of equal value to a PGCE?
QTS is the professional qualification that is required to teach in state schools in England and Wales. However, regulations vary in different countries – some insist on the academic qualification of PGCE. If you intend to teach abroad you should check the regulations in the relevant country.
Will I automatically gain a PGCE?
All fee-paying trainees work towards a QTS and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. However, salaried trainees work towards a QTS only. Both routes are equally promoted and valued and we have found that schools will want to employ great teachers regardless.
Who awards the PGCE?
The University of Greenwich accredits the Postgraduate Certificate in Education element of our course. You do not need to travel to Greenwich - all your learning will still be at your placement school and in our weekly training sessions in Braintree. You will, however, be invited to attend the university's graduation ceremony.
The university's School of Education has been training teachers and designing high-quality programmes of training at Avery Hill since 1906. A PGCE from the University of Greenwich is widely recognised as an excellent preparation for the start of a career in teaching. In recent years, this training has expanded to deliver joint initial teaching training, which is delivered in partnership between the School of Education and the school-based initial teacher training provided. Students from these programmes have gone on to become highly-successful teachers.
How am I assessed?
In order to be awarded QTS and a PGCE, you will have the following assessments throughout the year:
- Observation of your lessons
- Completion of tasks aligned with the Mid Essex ITT curriculum
- Assignments and action research
- Trainees following the School Direct (fee-paying) and SCITT route also work towards the PGCE
We will then make a final judgement as to whether you have met all the eight Teachers' Standards at the end of the course.
What support will I receive?
At your school you will receive support from a Mentor (a teacher in your chosen subject) and a Professional Mentor. You will also see a Lead Subject Mentor once a week for additional subject-specific training. You will also receive support from our three Course Tutors and the Programme Manager.
What resources can I access?
The trainee teachers can borrow books from our well-stocked professional development library at Notley High School. You will also be given access to the University of Greenwich’s online library too.