Andrea Parfett
Dilkes Academy 01708 852128

There are two types of training routes available:

The School Direct Training Programmes enables applicants to train directly with our partners schools where they will be fully supported and nurtured. 

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The School Direct Non-Salaried (PGCE) Training Programme, which is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the Teaching Agency. There are two programmes:

  • PGCE General Primary – UCAS Course Code  L206 (choose your age phase at a later date) 

You will be trained in a highly supportive and inspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.  Many of the schools in our partnership have highly developed and outstanding Early Years practice and so your training will be well supported by outstanding practitioners.

You will have full access to the University of Greenwich a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training. You will carry out blocks of training at university throughout the year which will total 12 weeks spread out over the year.  University of Greenwihich graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK.  It was awarded an outstanding by OFSTED in 2016.

As a member of the university you will join the highly regarded primary PGCE programme and have full access to the University's facilities.   The primary PGCE is a highly popular course that develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers.  As part of the programme you will be assigned a university tutor who will support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.  Every trainee chooses a subject specialisms including modern foreign language and will carry out a research project in your chosen specialism.

Our programme provides well established in-school training which is well supported by the schools in our partnership. In your home school you will be assigned a mentor.  From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and development days. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.

In terms one you will train in your home school progressing from observation to small group teaching.  Whole class teaching will take place in Term 2 where you join another school in the partnership for spring 1.  You will return to your home school in the summer term to finely tune your teaching skills and collect your evidence against the Teacher Standards.  

The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership offers an enhanced Professional Studies programme with trainees from all our schools coming together each week to study through a research based curriculum. You will be part of a wider support network where you will have opportunities to share ideas and strategies with fellow trainees. 

Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Apprentice Route

Information to come. 


We currently have 10 PGCE places and 2 for our newly launched apprenticeship programme.