Lee Chapel Primary School

Lee Chapel Primary School


Lee Chapel Teaching School Alliance trains teachers of the future in conjunction with Essex Teacher Training Partnership (www.essexteachertraining.co.uk) on the School Direct Salaried Route. Lee Chapel is the Lead School in the alliance which includes:

For more information, please contact:

Adam Toomer (Assistant Headteacher / ITT Manager) or Sally Brierley (ITT Manager)

Email: teachertraining@leechapel.essex.sch.uk

Phone: 01268 474177

Please phone this number and leave a message with a member of staff and Adam or Sally will get back to you as soon as possible.


UCAS Code: 296R (Please search this code when applying through UCAS)

This route involves trainees undertaking most of their training in house. Approximately 20 days during the ten month long course (September to June) will be spent with Essex Teacher Training on courses relating to subject knowledge and professional skills. In addition to the training at Essex all trainees will attend a half day training session at Lee Chapel Primary every week to consolidate what is being learnt on courses and in class. Trainees are assigned a Class Teacher Mentor and placed in a ‘home’ class where opportunities are provided to observe experienced teachers and teach lessons. During the second term the trainee will move to another school to undertake their Second Placement in a class in an alternative Key Stage for half a term.

Trainees will be employed by the Lee Chapel Academy. The amount for September 2017 was £9420 for 10 months from 1st September 2017 until 30th June 2018 (Salary for 2018-2019 to be confirmed). The cost of training will be covered by Lee Chapel along with the DBS fee (a new DBS with "trainee teacher" designation must be obtained).

The course leads to a QTS qualification, however credits for additional work can be collected towards a higher qualification, PGCE (60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Derby. The trainee will be responsible for the £1750 cost of this, which is payable to Essex Teacher Training.


Applications for Training Placements need to be made through UCAS. (www.ucas.com) You must meet the following requirements prior to application: 

  • You must already have a degree at 2:2 or above.
  • You must have at least a GCSE level C or above in English, Maths and Science or equivalent.
  • You must have had at least three years of paid, full time work experience but this does not have to have been working with children.
  • Proven experience of working / volunteering with children.

 More information can be found at Get Into Teaching

Prior to acceptance on the course you have to have passed the literacy and numeracy skills tests. These can be booked on this link: Skills Tests 

As of February 2018, these tests can be taken without charge (for the first three attempts in each).

 When applying on the UCAS website please ensure the work experience section clearly states the place of work, the dates worked there, whether full or part time and a brief summary of responsibilities/duties. As three years of paid work experience is a requirement of the course then filling in this section correctly is vital. This work does not have to be in a school or educational environment.

 Once the application has been made to UCAS short listing takes place in preparation for the first phase interview which consists of a five minute presentation about yourself and why you want to become a teacher, to up to twelve other candidates and three senior teachers from the Lee Chapel team. After which there will be the opportunity to answer questions posed by other candidates and the Lee Chapel team. The purpose of this is to assess communication skills. There will be facilities for you to use a computer if you have electronic resources.

 Successful candidates will proceed to the second phase where they will be asked return to school, usually the following week. They will need to prepare to share a story with a Key Stage of their choice (Year Group will be given before the interview) observed by two senior members of staff followed by a written reflection (20 mins) on how they felt the story went and what they would do to develop the learning experience at a later date. They are also asked to complete a written task, the title of which is set by Essex Teacher Training (40 mins).

 The story sharing is testing how the trainee engages with the children and the written task, which is completed under exam conditions, is testing evaluation and literacy skills. Finally they will have an interview with two senior members of staff. If this stage is successful then the application will be sent to Essex Teacher Training for ratification.