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ITT - Initial Teacher Training

Make a difference and inspire the next generation …

Most people can remember a truly brilliant teacher from school who made a real difference to their lives. As a teacher you can use your knowledge and passion to help children unlock capabilities and talents that they didn’t even know they had. You’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills for yourself in the process, too.

Teaching in a Primary school is about much more that planning and teaching a range of engaging lessons. You will also find yourself using your hobbies and passion to spark new interests in children by getting involved in lunchtime and after-school clubs, trips, music and sport.

As well as job satisfaction, teaching also offers great opportunities to develop and advance yourself so you can look forward to a career that is both personally and financially rewarding with competitive salaries and a generous pension.


Why train with us?

The Orwell Education Alliance’s constituent schools have been training teachers for many years as we have always believed in the importance of using our skilled practitioners to develop the next generation of teachers. We are proud of our track record in producing consistently good and outstanding teachers who often progress rapidly to positions of leadership or added responsibility. We have an established process that takes our trainees through an induction and training programme including detailed mentor meetings, and placement in a year group team. Key to our success has been consistent high expectations backed by the expertise of our mentors who are outstanding practitioners able to challenge and coach trainees to a high standard. We *will* challenge you but with that challenge will come close support to help you develop the depth of skill and practical experience you need to become an outstanding teacher.

Through our excellent contacts with other schools, training partners and organisations as well as the diverse community our schools serve we can ensure that training and development is tailored to your needs and ambitions.


About our accredited provider

We are proud to be offering this training in partnership with the Colchester Teacher Training Consortium (CTTC) who share our ideals and goals to provide an excellent Initial Teacher Training experience that equips our trainees with the skills and knowledge for a rewarding career in education. More information on CTTC is available here.


The routes available

  • School Direct Training (Tuition): This is the main route available to becoming a Primary School teacher with us.  You will work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and, optionally, a PGCE, whilst learning on the job. Click School Direct (Tuition) for more detail on the programme and how to apply.
  • School Direct Salaried programme: We are a Hub School for Teach First where you can become a Primary School teacher via the School Direct – Salaried programme route. This is typically aimed at graduates who meet certain eligibility criteria. It is a 2-year programme where you would be employed by the school whilst working towards your QTS status. More detail on this option and how to apply is available from the Teach First website (opens in a new window).

    We also work in partnership with Suffolk and Norfolk School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) who offer initial teacher training places where our role would be to provide placements for the teaching experience. You can email us at for more detail on applying via this route.


Training with Disabilities and Other Needs:

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Why teach? Why CTTC?

Make a difference, inspire, challenge, teach.In this video, we explain why you should train to teach with Colchester Teacher Training Consortium - an Ofsted ...