Become a teacher

Find out if teaching is right for you with our Stepping Stones programme.

Stepping Stones programme

If you are considering a career in teaching, spending some time in a classroom and working with experienced teachers and school staff before you start your initial teacher training (ITT) is one of the best ways to find out if teaching is right for you. In addition to this, gaining classroom experience can also support your application for ITT.

The Stepping Stones programme offers school and classroom experience to those wishing to commence an ITT course. If you are a graduate, a student working towards your degree or a school-based employee, our bespoke programmes into teaching could be right for you. You can also earn while you train. This route will fit your career plans whether you are interested in primary, secondary or special school training.

The Stepping Stones programme is tailored to individuals, to ensure that you have all the school-based experience and training to move straight to interview for ITT, or for exceptional candidates straight to QTS assessment after just one year.

The benefits of the Stepping Stones programme

  • Employed by a school, you will earn whilst you train.
  • A bespoke programme will meet your individual needs and you will receive CPD Credits with Coast2Coast Teaching School Alliance.
  • A school-based coach and course mentor will work with you throughout your programme.
  • You will receive training and support to prepare you for your Skills Tests.
  • You will be guaranteed an interview to undertake your ITT or move directly to a fast-track QTS assessment route.

Thinking about becoming a Teacher?

Want to …

  • encourage children to dream big?
  • live with a deep sense of purpose?
  • be a lifelong learner?
  • inspire generations of change?
  • ignite the spark of learning?
  • explore your creativity?
  • prove that one person can make a difference?
  • motivate others by your example?
  • have a different experience every day?
  • love what you do?

We offer a 11-16 PGCE programme, with post 16 enhancement in conjunction with NETT as our provider – it is a centre for core SCITTSchool Direct Training (salaried) and School Direct Training Programmes.

For Non-Salaried Trainees the PGCE qualification is awarded as well as QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Salaried Traninees (only available to graduates with 3 or more years career experience) can also access the PGCE if required.

For more information please contact North Essex Teacher Training on 01255 431949 or via email:

Are you a Graduate and thinking about becoming a teacher?

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and want to gain some experience then why not join us as a Graduate Intern prior to starting your teacher training?

Our Graduate Internships are short term salaried posts which will enable you to make a firm decision whether working in a school and becoming a teacher is for you, as well as gaining experience in a classroom environment.

We will also help prepare you for your training year by providing support and training through the Coast 2 Coast stepping stones.

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Whatever your qualifications and experience, if you are committed to becoming a teacher, start your career journey here with Coast2Coast.

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