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Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2LD
Telephone: 020 8508 0404
Fax: 020 8508 9301

We are in easy reach from various methods of transport.

Buses: 20, 667
Underground: Debden Park, Theydon Bois or Loughton. All on the Central Line.
SATNAV users: IG10 2LW. Parking at Davenant is available for visitors.
Welcome to Davenant Teacher training
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About Essex School Direct - our Teacher Training Partnership

Essex School Direct is based at Davenant Foundation School and has a long tradition of successful teacher training and we were centrally involved in the ‘pilot’ year 2012-13 when the Government launched the programme.

We currently have 37 trainees across 18 schools on our 2018-19 teacher training programme. We provide a very special, school based training experience in partnership with Tes Institute, who have a reputation for innovative on-line learning materials, especially in shortage subjects, with its Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. 

Our track record is impressive - 97% of our 2018-19 trainees were graded 'Good' or 'Outstanding' and 94% had gained employment by the end of their course.

Tes Institute, a leading teacher training provider and the newest member of the Tes Global family, is delighted to be working in partnership with Davenant Foundation School and its partners to deliver School Direct Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through Essex School Direct. 

Our salaried and unsalaried School Direct programmes are accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and they provide a blend of online learning and in-school experience leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE is accredited by our partner university (UEL) and is subject to annual review.

Tes Institute is committed to supporting school based teacher training, helping schools to create great teachers.  Through our team of highly experienced Pathway Tutors working in partnership with schools and trainees, TES Institute combines the best of in-person and online learning to deliver truly flexible teacher training.  Starting with just 2 partnerships and 27 trainees in 2013-14, Tes Institute have trained 100s of teachers since, and have expanded further with 7 partnerships, expanding from Essex into Suffolk and Kent.  Tes schools work in partnership to share best practice and develop and deliver high quality teacher training.

Read more about Tes Institute here.

There are 20 schools in the Essex School Direct Partnership , all judged to be outstanding or good (Grade 1 or 2) by Ofsted and managed by Davenant Foundation School as the ‘lead school’.  The unique blended learning programme combines school based training, on-line learning materials, a network of experienced subject specialists to deliver pedagogy and subject knowledge and a number of off-site visits to special schools, primary schools and Leading Teacher days. 

All of the schools have a track record of working with university or HEI PGCE providers. The working partnership has been in existence for over 6 years which ensures that cooperation between the schools is established and is a strength of the partnership.  Each school provides a fully trained Mentor for each trainee, supported by a Pathway Tutor from Tes Institute who visits each half-term.


"Training through Davenant School was great - the ITT team were very supportive and the school is a dynamic place to get into teaching. I felt well looked after straight away." Ben - MFL trainee, now teacher, 2018-19


Fees for 2020-21

Fees for the September 2020 intake will be £9,250 for PGCE (with QTS) and £8625 for the QTS route only .

Bursaries and scholarships available for 2020-21

There has never been a better time to train to teach, with generous bursaries available for the majority of subjects (with additional scholarships also on offer):

Useful links

For information on all of our School Direct programmes, visit the site 'Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website'.

NB: We are only able to recruit 3 training places for PE in 2020. The only exception to this will be if the applicant wishes to apply for a 'PE with EBacc' training place. This means you will have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C or above at A level in one or more of the following subject areas: English language and literature, maths, physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, history and languages.

We will also need to be confident that applicants are suitable for the offer and have agreed to undertake the additional workload required to train in PE with an EBacc subject.

You can also read more about getting into teaching on the Department for Education's 'Get Into Teaching website'. 


For enquiries about the various routes into teaching through the Essex School Direct, email