Thurrock Teaching School Alliance

Train to Teach

TTSA School Direct Programme

The programme is delivered in partnership with the TES Institute (formerly known as Hibernia College or HCUK). The programme is a school-centred route, where trainees will be allocated a school within the TTSA ITT partnership, and supported by an experienced mentor. All trainees will be able to experience a variety of phases of education within a diverse range of schools. Training will take place both within schools and online, and trainees will also receive support from highly experienced tutors from the provider. Thurrock Teaching School Alliance has a number of School Direct places (training and salaried) each year in both primary and secondary schools. Salaried places are available for graduates with at least 3 years of work experience. To apply for any of our places, please visit and search for St Clere’s School.

Schools in the partnership include:

  • St Clere’s School (TTSA lead school for ITT)
  • Grays Convent High School for Girls
  • Hassenbrook Academy
  • Hathaway Academy
  • Ormiston Park Academy
  • William Edwards School
  • Chadwell St Mary Primary
  • East Tilbury Primary
  • Stanford-Le-Hope Primary
  • Thameside Primary

Positions Available

We currently have ITT places available through the School Direct programme for 2016-17 at primary and secondary schools. At secondary, the following subjects have training places available: English, Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, IT, MFL, PE, History and Geography.

At primary phase, there are general primary places available, as well as general plus Maths, general Maths specialist and general plus PE. There is a mixture of salaried and unsalaried training places. You will find all available places on the UCAS website at the address above.

Please contact us at the TTSA on 01375 486000 or email to register your interest for more information.

HE Partners

Our School Direct partner for 2016-17 is the TES Institute (Hibernia College). We also work closely with Essex SCITT in Harlow and a number of HE providers: OU, Anglia Ruskin University, UEL, IoE, Kings College London, Roehampton, Canterbury Christchurch and Brighton University.

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School Experience Placements

If you would like to visit a Thurrock school to gain an insight into school life and experience what teaching is like, please contact us at We can offer placements of various lengths in schools of all phases.

Return to Teaching Programme

TTSA is offering a free programme for qualified teachers who have left the teaching profession. The programme offers a package of bespoke support to those wishing to return to the classroom. The range of support on offer will include a variety of training to update their knowledge of classroom practice, subject knowledge, and behaviour management and assessment frameworks, as well as other current education initiatives.

Teachers may have taken a break from the profession for many different reasons, perhaps to work in industry, to bring up children, or to take up other caring responsibilities. Those teachers who choose to return to the profession can bring with them new skills and experiences from their time away that can be invaluable to schools. This programme aims to encourage more people to return to the classroom with the skills and experience necessary to ensure every child receives a good education. The initiative, which is funded by the Department for Education, is focused on attracting returners who can teach or retrain in the EBacc subjects. These are English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics and computer science), languages, history and geography.

Qualified teachers eligible for the programme are classed as those who have qualified teacher status (QTS) who are not newly qualified and not currently holding permanent or fixed-term posts in English schools or colleges (state-funded or independent). This includes people who, after acquiring QTS, chose not to join the teaching profession but now wish to do so. Both full and part-time positions will be on offer following successful completion of the programme.

If you are interested in applying for the programme, please get in touch with Maria Stevens on 01375 486000 ext 457 or at

Apprenticeship Programme

TTSA is developing a longer term route into teaching, which begins with a level 3 apprenticeship in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning and gives apprentices the opportunity to continue employment in a school, whilst studying for a BA (hons) Primary Education degree at the same time. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who would like to take an employment-based route into teaching. For more information, please call Maria Stevens on 01375 486000 ext 457.