How To Apply

Making an application

  • The application cycle for Sept 2021 is now closed
  • The new cycle (for entry to the programme in Sept 2022) will open on 12th October, and you can browse our courses from 5th October
  • You can view and apply for our programmes by visiting Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Programmes
  • In the 'Find courses by location or by training provider' option, it is easiest to find us by entering our Partnership name into the 3rd circle shown - state Essex School Direct (code 1OS - that's 1-Oscar-Sierra with a letter O, not a zero!)
  • The list of teacher training programmes that we offer is available to view on Our Programmes page
  • It is highly recommended that applicants contact us for an initial, informal conversation or visit so we can find out more about you (and vice versa!). Complete our Contact Form and one of our Directors will be in touch with you. 

School Experience

Having some school or teaching experience prior to, or during the process of your application, is always useful. However, please note that having no such experience will NOT preclude you from applying. 

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

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 our school-centred route, you MUST have English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade 4/C or above and a degree preferably in the subject you want to teach. (Primary candidates must also have a Grade 4/C in GCSE Science.) 
  • If you have a degree that is not directly relevant to the subject that you want to teach do not be put off! Every year we successfully train people to become outstanding teachers with a wide variety of degrees – we do this using the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses provided by Tes. For example, you may have a degree in Accounting and want to train to teach Maths, or perhaps a degree in Engineering and want to teach Physics. An SKE will help equip you with the relevant knowledge of the curriculum to do so, and will help to refresh your subject knowledge if your degree is from a few years back!
  • You must have two references from professional sources. References from friends or relative, or people with a non-professional email address (for example, [email protected]) will not be accepted.
  • If you cannot evidence your GCSEs or degree by way of a certificate, you must find or re-order them asap. Entry to the teaching profession will not be permitted without them, and we may not be able to interview you until we see them.
  • If you hold overseas qualifications, we will need to see your NARIC statement of equivalence for both your degree and your Maths and English GCSE equivalent exams. You are advised to order this before you apply - contact UK ENIC.

Read more about eligibility here

Fundamental Maths and English audits

People entering the teaching profession are no longer required to sit the professional skills tests for Maths and English, which proved to be a barrier for many.

However, we still require a high level of competency in both Maths and English language from all of our trainees, as you would expect for anyone entering a profession such as teaching.

Once they start their school placements, our new trainees will undertake English and Maths audits to review their skills, and will complete a fundamental Maths assessment which will show any areas that they need to develop before the award for QTS is made.

English skills will also be assessed during the training year, via the trainee's Mentor and Pathway Tutor prior to the award of QTS.

Time will be given to trainees during their training year to address any gaps in their fundamental English and Maths competencies.

How we select:

  • The partnership will review applications for eligibility (meeting the criteria).  
  • All partnership schools will take part in a shortlisting process for each subject on offer and this will lead to interviews being held across all 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.  This will be followed by a formal 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’.   

Safeguarding checks, certifications and proof of ID

All applicants must present:

  • Their original degree certificate AND GCSE certificates (or UK ENIC equivalent) showing Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science (for Primary)
  • Proof of ID and residency (this will normally be your birth certificate, passport and a bank statement or utility bill)
  • Satisfactory references
  • Satisfactory health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • All overseas qualifications will need to submitted by you to UK ENIC and a Statement of Equivalency obtained
  • If you are from overseas, or have ever lived or worked abroad, you must produce a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries. 

The Department of Education's website will also provide you with more information and guidance about how to write an application and you can also find more information about the different phases eg primary or secondary that are of interest to you.