How to apply

Before we take you through how to apply you need to think about the different routes into teaching and your options

There is a lot of information about the different routes into teaching- salaried, School Direct, SCITT, PGCE which can be somewhat confusing and make it difficult to decide how to apply

Basically there are 2 different options in terms of how places are funded

Salaried places – where trainees are paid while they train and their tuition fees are paid for them. Salaried places are School Direct so you have to apply through the lead school that has been allocated the places. All our salaried places are through Lyons Hall Primary and Secondary Partnership.

Non-salaried (sometimes called tuition fee funded places) – where trainees pay their tuition fee. Most trainees are eligible for student finance and get a student loan to pay for their fees (see finance section).

For 2019-20 all primary applications need to be made through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS will accept applications from the 9th October 2018.

The UCAS Teacher Training search tool for 2018 entry allows you to search for your choice of teacher training provider.

To apply to us through UCAS you can search for us directly as Essex Primary SCITT (non-salaried places only) or you can apply to us for a School Direct place through 2 of our lead schools:

Lyons Hall Primary and Secondary Partnership– for salaried and non-salaried places

Felsted Primary School – non-salaried places only

Entry requirements

Prior to starting their training all entrants to primary teacher training must have:

  • An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution; equivalent overseas qualification or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree. (This should be 2:2 or above)
  • GCSE or GCE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent)
  • Passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Practice tests are available on the Department for Education website

Entrants with qualifications from outside the UK must provide an equivalency statement from NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre). Further details can be found at Tel: 01242260010

If you do not hold a GCSE in English, maths or science at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent you can apply to take an equivalency test. We accept equivalency tests from:

A* Star Teachers

Equivalency Testing

We also look for candidates to have:

  • An ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

Pre-entry skills tests

Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) course is required to have passed the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before the start of the course.

To register for your Skills Tests you will need to register with learndirect

For further information please visit

Skills tests candidates receive their first three attempts at each test free of charge but will be charged for any further tests. The charge will be £19.25 with the charge being levied at the time of booking the test on-line.  Please note – a skills test pass is only valid for 3 years.

Practice tests   All candidates are encouraged to use the practice material available on the DfE website, The practice material includes interactive tests which will help candidates to decide if they are ready to take the test or need to improve their skills further before booking a test.

Special arrangements for skills tests   Some candidates may be eligible for special arrangements to be made when taking their skills tests particularly if they have hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical disabilities, dyslexia and EAL. Please contact the special arrangements advisors on the skills tests helpline to ensure you get the correct arrangements.

You can find out more general information about applying for teacher training via the Department for Education website Get Into Teaching.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme (EYITT) Graduate Employment Based and Graduate Entry Routes

How to apply?

Contact us for further information and to request an application form at