Welcome to Thurrock Teacher Training

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We are delighted to welcome you to Thurrock Teacher Training. We offer Initial Teacher Training Courses in Thurrock in partnership with Tes Institute for both Primary and Secondary. We proudly offer high-levels of support to all our trainees and in our partnership schools.

We are now recruiting for all our courses for September 2024.

Why train with us?

St Clere's and East Tilbury Primary have led high quality teacher training for over 15 years and all our schools have an excellent track record of working with training graduates to gain QTS. 

There are 17 schools in the partnership, including many with outstanding or good features and managed by Thurrock Teacher Training.  The unique blended learning programme combines the best of school-based training, online learning materials, a network of experienced subject specialists to deliver pedagogy and subject knowledge and several off-site visits to special schools, primary schools and Leading Teacher days. 

Each school provides a fully trained mentor for each trainee and is supported by a Pathway Tutor from Tes Institute who visits every half-term to monitor progress. This route has provided consistent employment for trainees within the Thurrock Partnership on completion of their training.  In 2022/23, all of the trainees had secured employment before the end of the course and the majority were employed in the schools where they were trained in. 

Successful applicants can choose to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or PGCE which costs a little more in fees.  



Bursaries For September 2024

For the ITT Fee-paying (bursary) route, the following grants are available tax free. They are based on the subject you will train in, not the subject of your degree. This is paid monthly from September in instalments.

For 2024 to 2025 we are offering bursaries of: 

  • £28,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics 

  • £25,000 in biology, design and technology, geography and languages (including ancient languages) 

  • £10,000 in art and design, English, music and RE 

Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or master’s. 

We are offering scholarships of: 

  • £30,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics 

  • £27,000 in French, German and Spanish (no other languages)


To apply: 

And select Thurrock Teacher Training Company

Secondary Schools in our partnership

  • St Clere’s School (Secondary Lead school for ITT) 

  • Brentwood County High School 

  • Thames Park 

  • William Edwards  

  • The Gateway School 

  • Grays Convent High School for Girls 

  • Hathaway Academy 

  • Ormiston Park Academy 

  • Marshalls Park 

  • Orsett Heath Academy 

Primary Schools in our partnership

  • East Tilbury Primary (Primary Lead school for ITT) 

  • Thameside 

  • Horndon-on-the-Hill 

  • Stanford-Le-Hope 

  • Doddinghurst 

  • Little Thurrock 

  • Arthur Bugler 

  • Warren Primary 

  • Bonnygate Primary 

  • Woodside Academy 

  • Chadwell St. Mary 

  • Deneholm 

  • Stifford Clays School 

Interview Process

During the interview process, you will be asked to complete one of the following: 

  • Deliver an activity to a small group of pupils 

  • Prepare and present a short lesson plan 

This will then be followed by some questions that explore your desire and motivation for entering the teaching profession, finished with a short numeracy and English assessment. 

School Placements

Subject Knowledge enhancement is provided on-line as part of the course delivery for Secondary placements - please contact us for details.

Several days will be spent in specialist schools to gain knowledge and experience. 

A dedicated Face to Face programme takes place regularly at St Clere's School for secondary trainees and East Tilbury Primary for primary trainees.  In the spring term, there is a 6-week second placement in a contrasting school setting usually one of the partnership schools.  Some of the partnership schools have 11-18 intake and offer Key Stage 5 opportunities.  All of the schools are fully comprehensive.