Welcome to Essex Primary SCITT

Join us at CTSN@Essex Primary SCITT to train, teach and transform.

Essex Primary SCITT will merge with CTSN SCITT in September 2024. CTSN SCITT is an accredited provider for Initial Teacher Education from September 2024. Our primary programmes will run across four hubs in Braintree, Chelmsford, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge. Our EYITT programme will run across Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

At CTSN@Essex Primary SCITT we offer high quality school led teacher training for graduates wishing to teach in primary schools and early years’ settings. We offer programmes covering age ranges 0-5 and 5-11 to start in September 2024.

Teaching is a very rewarding profession because you get to see the difference that you are making to a young person and the impact you have on their future – when you become a teacher you become a transformer of lives. If you enjoy working with children and have a real commitment to ensuring the very best outcomes for them then we would love to hear from you.

Primary Programme

The Essex Primary SCITT Primary Programme was recognised as ‘outstanding’ in all categories by Ofsted in November 2017. See the full report here Ofsted Primary Report 2017

We offer a one year, full time or two year part-time school centred course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Essex Primary SCITT is an established primary provider with an excellent reputation for training very high quality new teachers. Working with our strong partnerships of schools across Essex we ‘grow our own’ teachers to fulfil our aim to train and retain the very best teachers for our schools. Teachers who are confident, highly skilled, enthusiastic, innovative, reflective practitioners trained to teach and transform children’s lives.

Our Primary Cohorts


Our Braintree cohort is based at Lyons Hall Primary which leads the Professional Learning Network with schools in the Braintree, Uttlesford, Colchester and Clacton areas.


Our Chelmsford cohort is currently based at Moulsham Infant School. The SCITT in Essex is supported by the Attain Academy Partnership through Newlands Spring Primary School, the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance (CTSA) and the Tanglewood Partnership with schools across the Chelmsford area, Harlow, Witham, the Dengie and Canvey Island.

Early Years Teacher Programme – Graduate Employment Based Route (GEB)

The EYITT programme was awarded Good by Ofsted in June 2018. See full report here Ofsted report EYITT 2018

Graduate Employment Based Route

This is a 1 year programme for graduates already employed in early years’ settings which leads to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The programme is open to those employed in an early years’ settings or early years department of a school. Please see the section ‘Our Early Years training programme‘ for more details.

Essex Primary SCITT is committed to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, marital status, age or other relevant distinction.

Join us at CTSN@Essex Primary SCITT to train, teach and transform.