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Teacher Training

If you are interested in Teacher Training then please read the application information below.  At the foot of this page is the web address for our training school Davenant.

Our Vision

The West Essex School Direct Partnership is committed to attracting, training and developing graduates to enable all schools within our area to reach the same level of excellence and quality of provision thus ensuring that all our trainees achieve their full potential. 

In order to realise this vision our partnership schools have made a commitment to work together through the School Direct programme with our provider TES Institute to provide the very best school-based teacher training programmes in the Secondary sector. The programme will seek to maximise time spent in the classroom by ensuring that the face-to-face professional studies programme is of the highest quality and delivered within our locality. 


About our School Direct Partnership

The West Essex School Direct Partnership based at Davenant Foundation School has a long tradition of successful teacher training and we were centrally involved in the ‘pilot’ year 2012-13 when the Government launched the programme. We have 39 trainees on the 2016 – 17 secondary programme; in addition to this we also have 5 trainees on the primary course.  We provide a very special, school based training experience in partnership with TES Institute who have a reputation for innovative on-line learning materials, especially in shortage subjects, with its Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. 

TES Institute, a leading teacher training provider and the newest member of the TES Global family, is delighted to be working in partnership with Davenant Foundation School and its partners to deliver School Direct Initial Teacher Training (ITT).  Our salaried and unsalaried School Direct programmes are accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and they provide a blend of online learning and in-school experience leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE is accredited by our partner university (UEL) and is subject to annual review.

TES Institute is committed to supporting school based teacher training, helping schools to create great teachers.  Through our team of highly experienced pathway tutors working in partnership with schools and trainees, TES Institute combines the best of in-person and online learning to deliver truly flexible teacher training.  Starting with just 2 partnerships and 27 trainees in 2013-14, TES Institute trained 100 trainees in 2015-16 and are expanding this further in 2016-17 with 7 partnerships, expanding from Essex into Suffolk and Kent.  TES schools work in partnership to share best practice and develop and deliver high quality teacher training.  In 2015-16 approximately 60% of trainees were graded outstanding.

There are 18 schools in the partnership, all judged to be outstanding or good (Grade 1 or 2) by Ofsted and managed by Davenant Foundation School as the ‘lead school’.  Davenant is one of a small number of ‘Teaching Schools’ in the country and it was previously a ‘Training School’ from 2008 -2012.  The unique blended learning programme combines school based training, on-line learning materials, a network of experienced subject specialists to deliver pedagogy and subject knowledge and a number of off-site visits to special schools, primary schools and Leading Teacher days. 

All of the schools have a track record of working with university PGCE providers and Essex ITT.   The working partnership has been in existence for over 6 years which ensures that cooperation between the schools is established and is a strength of the partnership.  Each school provides a fully trained Mentor for each trainee, supported by a Pathway Tutor from TES Institute who visits each half-term

For information on School Direct please visit the DfE website.


For enquiries about the various routes into teaching through Davenant Foundation School, email schooldirect@davenant.org


Part Time School Direct Training Programme

For some people training to be a teacher full-time isn’t possible, perhaps because of childcare issues, or financial constraints. For candidates who have good in-class experience and strong subject knowledge we are now able to offer a part-time course with only 3 days a week in school.  On-line Professional Studies work, preparation and assignment writing can be fitted-in around other commitments.

The part-time course is designed to last a maximum of 18 months, however a good candidate may be able to complete the programme in less time, if they can demonstrate that they have met the QTS standard. Anyone interested in this route will need to be successful at interview and then negotiate the detail of their programme with both the host school, the Directors of the ITT Programme and the TES Course Director.





How to Apply: School Direct Training Programmes

School Direct Training Programmes


All applications must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website using the 'Apply' system.

The UCAS portal for applications to this partnership opens in October each year and you are able to view our training programmes now.

To find the list of programmes we offer, please click on the UCAS link below. In the 'search for a training provider' box search for us using the following lead school provider codes:

Davenant Foundation School or West Essex SD Partnership – 1OS

UCAS search for a training programme

It is essential that all applicants make contact with us for an initial visit to ensure that this route is the right one for you.

School experience is essential; therefore, if you have not done so already, we suggest you make contact with a local school or with us to arrange some observation experience for you.



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.

Entry requirements

To qualify for this school centered route you must have English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or above and a degree preferably in the subject you want to teach, however through our provider TES Institute we offer SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement), see our SKE menu.  You must have two references and you must have passed the English and Maths professional skills tests before a formal offer of a place on the training programme is made.

How we select:

The partnership will sift applications for eligibility (meeting the criteria) and a list will be drawn up.  All of the partnership schools will take part in a shortlisting process for each subject on offer and this will lead to interviews being held across all of the schools.

The Interview process will involve an observation of the candidate teaching a class for 30 minutes (at least) with advance notice of the topic, year group and ability of the children that they will be teaching.  There will be a written exercise and an interview lasting 30 minutes.

Staff from participating schools and TES Institute will be involved in the process which will be coordinated by Davenant Foundation School as the ‘Lead School’.   

  • applicant must present original degree certificate and GCSE certificates (or equivalent) grade C or above passes in English, Maths and Science
  • proof of ID and residency
  • satisfactory references
  • satisfactory health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • applicant must pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy

All overseas qualifications will need to be verified by NARIC.  

School Experience


It is essential that all applicants make contact with us for an initial visit to ensure that this route is the right one for you.

School experience is essential; therefore, if you have not done so already, we suggest you make contact with a local school or with us to arrange some observation experience for you.


Contact us to arrange some experience