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’s Core Values

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

Why train with the Lee Chapel Teaching School Alliance?

‘As a trainee teacher at Lee Chapel I received outstanding support and encouragement from a hard-working team of teachers. Training within an ‘Outstanding’ school meant that I was able to immerse myself in the day-to-day running of a busy classroom and see for myself what the job really entails. I was able to secure a job in my main placement school, which means that I have firm relationships with my colleagues and felt immediately settled when it came to starting my NQT year. The transition was seamless. I know that I am able to call on the people around me and can ask for advice whenever needed. Without doubt, teacher training has been the most rewarding year of my life and has set me up for a long and successful career.’ 

We only offer salaried positions.

Trainees will be employed by the Lee Chapel Academy. The amount for September 2018 was £9500 for 10 months from 1st September 2018 until 30th June 2019 (Salary for 2019-2020 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

  • - Opportunity to complete a PGCE, with the potential to progress on to a Masters in Education (coordinated by Essex Teacher Training)
  • - Genuine opportunities and support to become an outstanding teacher
  • - Experienced mentors and coaches to support the needs of the trainee
  • - Highly trained specialists to support subject knowledge development

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 on their placements.

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 one half of the second term the trainee will move to another school to undertake their Second Placement 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 cost of this, which is payable to Essex Teacher Training.


Application and Recruitment Process


Applications for training placements need to be made through UCAS ( Trainees must meet the following requirements prior to application: 

  • You must have a degree at 2:2 or above
  • You must have at least a GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science or equivalent.
  • You must have had at least two 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 will strengthen an application


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 two 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.


If you would like to discuss the course requirements further or you would like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact us on


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 interview. Candidates will complete a short maths activity and a story share activity in two opposing key stages. The interview process also consists of a written task, the title of which is set by Essex Teacher Training and a formal interview.


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 Manager) or Sally Brierley (ITT Manager)


Phone: 01268 474177 (Lee Chapel Primary School)

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!

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