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Teacher Training


If you are interested in training to teach, please send a CV to Shoeburyness High School for the attention of Amy Root ( or Jill Saunders ( We also welcome visits from prospective candidates.

At present we are in partnership with BTSA, BEC Teacher Training and Colchester Teacher Training Consortium.  We are also linked to King’s College London PGCE Programme.

If you are interested in training to be a teacher click here for more information:

There are a number of paths for teacher training

  1. PGCE  - this a university based programme of study leading to QTS as well as a PGCE qualification. Applications should be made through the UCAS website 
  2. School Direct - There are two paths through School Direct.
    • School Direct salaried - Is for trainees with at least three years in employment before starting the training course. Applicants need to have at least a 2.1 degree classification and three years’ work experience. Trainees train on a school based programme and are funded through the TA at a rate of £20,000 for high priority subjects, £15,400 for other priority subjects and unfunded for other subjects.
    • School Direct unsalaried - students can apply for this course at any time after university. There is no salary attached and this is regarded as a continuation of HE study. The programme followed is the same as the salaried School Direct and can include credits towards a master’s degree.

In both School Direct programmes the student will be based in one school but undertake a placement in a second school and will also experience schools in different phases.

For further information about the School Direct programme please visit:
Teacher training fees are the responsibility of the trainee and once accepted on a course the trainees must make arrangements to pay the fee to the accredited provider. Some bursaries are available through the provider, CCCU, and for priority subjects. The Teaching Agency website has more information

If you are unsure about teaching and want to come into a secondary school to look around or talk to someone please contact