Initial Teacher Training

National Institute of Teaching

Accredited ITT ProviderNIOT ITT


Getting into teaching & how to apply

A good place to start for general information on becoming a teacher is the DfE Get into Teaching website. This offers good general information, from how to set up a school experience visits, to seeing what primary/secondary school life is like, to checking if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a teacher training course, to how to apply for a place on a teacher training course. There is also a step-by-step guide to the process, from thinking about training to teach through to application. 

If you prefer to speak directly to local teacher training providers for more information, you might be interested in the Department for Education’s virtual Train to Teach events. There are a range of events hosted from around the country that will showcase local providers in your area and you will be able to book a slot to speak to the providers that you are interested in.

You can search for local train to teach information events here:

The DfE also offers a useful tailored advice service which provides you with personalised advice from a team of telephone agents who can talk you through training options, the application process and your next steps. You can register for this here.

Visit and volunteer in schools

To help you decide if teaching is right for you, and to support your application, you should do some observation, work or volunteering in schools. If you are not sure which age or subject would suit you, contact schools in your area and ask to observe in a classroom. You should also speak to the teaching staff about the challenges and rewards of teaching and ensure you understand both the nature and demands of the job. This will not only help you make your decision but will ensure you are stronger in the interview process.

Contact us for school experience enquiries in the Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Maldon, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock. 

Support for Schools

How to register your school on the DfE School Experience web page

Website for all prospective teachers:

Website for School Experience searches:

Set up your own school profile: 

This service will enable you to advertise your school and allow candidates to request experience dates. 

You need a DfE Sign-in account with access to School Experience.

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Initial Teacher Training Market Review

Response from the Chafford Hundred, Saffron and Alpha Teaching School Hubs

December 2021

This is our response to the ITT Market Review report published in December 2021.

We are pleased to see some of the relaxations around the timing and intensive training placements and welcome any increased funding to support release for mentor and lead mentor training and development in ITT.

As three Teaching School Hubs, working closely with our regional ITTAG group, we are working collaboratively to support a regional response to the ITT Market Review. We are keen to work with all ITT providers in our region to protect the pipeline of trainees and build on the quality provision already operating within Essex and Suffolk.

As a region, Essex/Suffolk has been leading the way on working collaboratively on ITT, with the Teaching School Hubs, regional networks and ITT providers all playing their part in this. We think our work on local recruitment and collaboration on key challenges for the sector puts all our ITT partners in a strong position to continue to collaborate with Teaching School Hubs on ITT. We are keen to keep this collaborative approach going forward, regardless of any reaccreditation process.

Our ITT events, both in the past and those planned for the coming year, clearly focus on some areas of the ITT Market Review recommendations, in particular:

Supporting mentor training and capacity:

  • Our work with experts in the ITT field through our mentor conferences will support any existing ITT mentor provision going forward and have in the past focused on the importance of the mentor training dialogue and instructional coaching theory and practice.
  • Our Subject Forums to support mentors and trainees in subject specific research/content are already in place for a Spring 2022 launch.
  • As Teaching School Hubs, we can offer bursary funded NPQLTD places led by ITT experts from our region.

Supporting recruitment and retention in our region:

  • Our Train to Teach events are a clear example of our collaborative working on local recruitment, which remains a priority.
  • We are keen to work collaboratively on a joint approach to support all schools in our region to consider engagement in ITT and ensure the pipeline and onboarding of mentors.
  • Our termly ITT Leads meetings will continue to focus on current challenges faced by our sector and will seek to involve experts from the ITT field to inform our thinking.

Angela, Mark and Sam

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