Teacher Training

Interested in becoming a primary teacher?

Why not train with us?

Boreham Primary is working in partnership with the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance and Essex Primary SCITT to offer high quality training for graduates wishing to teach in primary schools through its one-year full time School Direct route leading to Qualified Teacher Status.


We work successfully with partnership schools across Essex with the aim to produce confident, highly skilled, enthusiastic and innovative practitioners able to teach across the primary age range to meet the needs of our local context.


Our Training Programme


Training covers the effective teaching of all of the National Curriculum subjects, the wider curriculum and other current educational issues as well as developing trainees’ computing skills. Trainees attend a pre-course induction day with their host school mentor in July and a second induction day prior to taking up their main placement and we encourage trainees to spend time in their host school prior to starting the course if possible. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in their host schools from the very beginning. Trainees spend approximately two or three days a week in school and two days a week on our taught course for the first two terms. During this time there are also opportunities to visit other partnership schools to further develop practice. In the final term there are two block teaching practices, one in a second placement school and a final assessed teaching practice back in the main placement school. Trainees are allocated to one of our three cohorts with our cohort based at Moulsham Infant School in Chelmsford. Some training days are also held in other partnership schools.


Each trainee is assigned a mentor in each school and an external mentor who support and guide them through their professional development. Throughout the year trainees complete directed tasks and assignments which build up a range of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards for their Professional Portfolio which is a core requirement for the successful completion of the course.


What our trainees say about the course...


"I can't rate the course more highly. The way the course is structured allows you to get to know what life is like in a school whilst gradually building up your teaching experience. You are utterly supported along the way by the tutors and mentors who are out to give you the very best start in your career as a teacher. Certainly, for me this was the best pathway to take to QTS."


"I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. Although it has, as expected, been challenging in many ways, I have learnt so much and progressed enormously. I now feel fully prepared to take on my own class."


"I feel that this is a fantastic way to train as a teacher, as the trainee is part of the school team from day one."


"Have had a fantastic year! Have learnt and developed so much and cannot wait to begin teaching in September."

Entry Requirements


Prior to starting their training all entrants to primary teacher training must have:

  • An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution; equivalent overseas qualification or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree. (EPS adheres to the Government recommendation that the degree should be 2:2 or above)

  • GCSE or GCE English, maths and science at grade C or above (or equivalent)

  • Passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Practice tests are available on the Department for Education website.

Candidates applying for salaried places must have a minimum of three years paid work experience.

Entrants with qualifications from outside the UK must provide an equivalency statement from NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre). Further details can be found at www.naric.org.uk Tel: 01242260010

We also look for candidates to have:

  • A minimum of two weeks recent experience with primary aged children in an educational environment

  • An ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English

Pre-entry skills tests

Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) course is required to have passed the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before the start of the course.

To register for your Skills Tests you will need to register with learndirect https://www.skillstestbooking.com/sta-web/registration?execution=e1s1.

For further information please visit http://www.education.gov.uk/


​How to Apply


We offer non-salaried places (sometimes called tuition fee funded places) – where trainees pay their tuition fee – for our programme this is £8600 and can be up to £9000 with other providers. Most trainees are eligible for student finance and get a student loan to pay for their fees.

For 2017-18 all applications need to be made through UCAS Teacher Training www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

The application portal was due to open on the 18th October 2016.

The UCAS Teacher Training search tool for 2017 entry allows you to search for your choice of teacher training provider.

To apply to us through UCAS you can search for us directly as Essex Primary SCITT or you can apply to us for a School Direct place through two of our lead schools:

Lyons Hall Primary and Secondary Partnership

Felsted Primary School

Direct applications

You may apply to us directly for a place which will enable you to be interviewed prior to most other candidates.  Please download application form here: Essex Primary SCITT Application Form

Successful candidates will then be supported to submit their applications through the UCAS system.

For more information either visit our website:



or contact us: Email: enquiries@essexprimaryscitt.co.uk     Tel: 07738 885759.


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