Lee Chapel Teaching School Alliance trains teachers of the future in conjunction with Essex Teacher Training Partnership ( on the School Direct Salaried Route.

Lee Chapel Core Values

  • Developing outstanding future teachers for the area of Basildon.
  • Develop and identify future school leaders to shape the future of children in Basildon.


Lee Chapel Teaching School Alliance trains teachers of the future in conjunction with Essex Teacher Training Partnership ( on the School Direct Salaried Route.

This is a salaried position.

Trainees will be employed by the Lee Chapel Academy. The amount for September 2019 was £9500 for 10 months from 1st September 2019 until 30th June 2020 (Salary for 2020-2021 to be confirmed) Thcost of training will be covered by Lee Chapel along with the DBS fee (a new DBS with "Trainee Teacher" designation must be obtained). This in addition to the £9500 salary in which the trainee teacher is paid monthly

Who we look for

  • People from any background with a clear passion for teaching
  • Genuine mind-set for making a difference to the lives of young people
  • A clear ambition for children to achieve no matter the background or barrier

What we offer

Genuine opportunities and support to become an outstanding teacher. Lee Chapel is the Lead School in the alliance which includes:


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.

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. ( 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.


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.


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

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.

Success Stories

‘Throughout the training course I found the directors extremely helpful and supportive. Sally and Dave would always be quick to respond to any issues or questions no matter how big or small. They would always provide advice when required. I found them extremely supportive while I was ill and helped to minimise stress while I was recovering and helped me ease back in. I also found my external tutor extremely helpful and again she was always there with advice and support when required. When it came to applying for jobs I felt well prepared from the input provided from Sally and Adam and I was lucky enough to get a job at my host school. I formed positive relationships with trainees, colleagues, tutors and mentors and this made the journey into teaching enjoyable and memorable.’ 


‘Beginning your School Direct training year can be an extremely overwhelming and worrying experience with so much to take in in such a short space of time. Completing my School Direct training with Lee Chapel, I can honestly say was not only very informative and thorough, but also a really enjoyable experience. I felt that the mentors were 100% committed and supportive of all their students and were always there for us when we needed advice or support. All the staff throughout the school are used to having students within the school and are all very approachable and willing to share their expert knowledge in all areas of teaching so you really feel like you get a thorough and high quality training programme.’ 


‘I was taken on as a trainee teacher at Lee Chapel four years ago. It was a complete career change for me and I was rather nervous in the early days. The excellent support I received on my journey to becoming a qualified teacher elevated all those fears. My mentor was not only extremely supportive during my training year, but in my NQT year and now I am a RQT. Lee Chapel has been thoroughly supportive and welcoming to me as a trainee and new teacher; I consider myself lucky to be a part of the team.

Key Contacts


David Ruck (Assistant Headteacher / ITT Director) or Sally Brierley (ITT Director)


Phone: 01268 474177

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

We very much look forward to your interest in becoming an outstanding teacher for Basildon!


Aspire, Believe, Achieve