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Postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Education - PGCE (Primary) (North Essex Teacher Training)

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.



Students applying for the SCITT programmes must apply through the Teacher Training application form found on UCAS.

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The NETT (Primary) programme combines the very best of school-centred and academic training to produce confident and competent Newly Qualified Teachers.  The course specialises in Early Years education (3-7 years) and Primary (5-11 years).  On successful completion of the course all Trainees will gain QTS and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).  The course offers a range of opportunities to work within a school environment and be part of the school community.  

Course Aims

NETT (Primary) works with schools across North East Essex and South Suffolk. Placement schools cover a wide area including Colchester and the surrounding district as well as the Harwich and Clacton districts. We also work with a small number of schools in the Ipswich area.

The majority of the training takes place at the Tendring Education Centre in Clacton. The course aims to prepare trainee teachers to teach across the 3-11 age range in one of two specialist areas. Trainees engage in a reflective and practice based programme of training in two different placement schools in order to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers Standards for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). The course also aims to engage Trainees in the application of educational theory and current research as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) award.

Tutorial and Study Support
Trainees are supported throughout the course, by school-based Mentors and Subject Advisors. They also have a Training Manager who supports them throughout the year in both their placement schools. There is also ongoing daily support from the Programme Manager and Course Directors who are based at NETT.

Employment Prospects
This programme has a 100% record of employment, with most trainees gaining employment in local schools in Essex and Suffolk.

Students applying for the SCITT programmes must apply through the Teacher Training application form found on UCAS.


Howard Lay's Top 5 Tips

Howard Lay, Executive Principal of Samuel Ward Academy and Chief Executive of the Samuel Award Academy Trust, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony for the Department of Children, Young People and Education. During his speech, Howard shared his top 5 tips for graduates:

  • Listen to advice but trust your gut. Your goal is to become an authentic teacher. By all means steal ideas but be sure that they align and resonate with your core beliefs. Trust you inner voice.
  • Don t wear your really cool clothes at school. Have comfortable clothes with pockets, which do not reveal attractive or unattractive flesh, and are impervious to all bodily fluids, and getting snagged on pencil sharpeners.
  • You are the adult in the room. Don t get into power struggles with students, where you feel the need to come out ahead by cracking down. Remind yourself: you have already won you are the teacher. You can be magnanimous, decide on the outcome to benefit all kids, rather than gratifying your ever present sense of control
  • The most important people to get on side are the secretary, the kitchen staff and the caretaker. Make cleaning up at the end of the day a habit out of respect for the cleaner. Its good karma and means that he or she will hustle to your room when someone throws up.
  • Expect to make hideous mistakes. Expect crushing disappointments. Expect to feel like quitting, at least a dozen times. Expect to anticipate holidays with pathetic longing. And know that experienced teachers experience these things too.

You can watch Howard s full speech at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony below: 


Course modules

The course consists of three modules through which trainees will demonstrate competence against all of the Teachers Standards for the award of QTS and a PGCE.

Trainees will follow three modules:

  1. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (20 credits at Level 7)
  2. Professional Studies (40 credits at Level 7)
  3. Professional Practice (60 credits at Level 6) consisting of:
  • Classroom practice, including observation of and working alongside experienced teachers.
  • Teaching practices, including taking a leading role in the planning, organisation of and teaching of a class and the assessment of pupil progress in lessons
  • Core subject knowledge and skills
  • Foundation Subjects and RE knowledge and skills
  • And, for those following the Early Years pathway, knowledge and practice relating to the EYFS curriculum.

The course provides trainees with a coherent range of experiences and learning opportunities. The taught part of the course is delivered by highly skilled and competent classroom practitioners based in our partnership schools. There are inbuilt assessment structures which help trainees to audit their knowledge and understanding as well as help support and remedy any areas for development.

Trainees will complete two main teaching practices in different Key Stages. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Further information about the University's relationship with the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and Ofsted is available in the PSRB register.

Fees and finance

Trainees undertaking PGCE through Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT will be charged tuition fees in accordance with SCITT and should contact SCITT directly for further finance related information.

Further Information

  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements