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About Southend SCITT

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Due to widespread school closures we will be recruiting by video link.


Welcome to Southend SCITT School Centred Initial Teacher Training

Based in Southend we work with a diverse range of schools to provide you with the best possible training. We have an excellent reputation locally and are proud to say that we are the provider of choice for our locality. Our trainees are among the first to gain employment each year, often within partner schools.

We are delighted to be working with Essex and Thames SCITT who are one of the largest school-based primary teacher training providers in our region. This means that you can become part of our extended ‘SCITT family’ along with hundreds of others who have gone before you!



Teacher training is a significant investment, but there’s often funding available to help you. There are various funding sources to support you through your training programme depending on the route you’ve chosen, the specialism you want to teach, and your personal circumstances. Use the links on this page to get more information.

School Direct Training

Home and EU/EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of our school direct tuition fees. The loan comes from Student Finance England and once agreed, means that you won’t have to pay the tuition fees up front in order to train with us.  You will only start to repay the loan once you are in full time employment and earning over approximately £21,000 per year. You can find out more about student loans by clicking on the following links:

Student Finance Guide 2019-2020
Student Finance Repayment Guide

The guide also provides information on any maintenance grants that you may be eligible to apply for to support you during your training year.


Bursaries and Scholarships

An overview of the bursaries and scholarships available can be found below. You’ll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship.

1) Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Candidates with overseas degrees, may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application to teacher training, if required by your training provider.

2) You could receive £32k or £34k in total – £26k as a tax-free bursary or £28k scholarship with additional payments of £6k after tax once in teaching. You’ll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21, You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching – enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.

3) Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.


Student Finance

If you are eligible for Student Finance, you may also be able to apply for maintenance grants to support you during your training year. The following links provides guidelines on the amount of funding and maintenance grants you may be entitled to receive.

Students with Children Find out more about Parents’ Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant.

Students with a Dependent Adult Find out more about Adult Dependants’ Grant.

Students with a Specific Learning Disability  If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance.


Our Courses

We offer a wide range of courses. Our courses all offer you qualified teacher status.


If you would like some more information about the Southend SCITT, or would like us to contact you, please complete all your details in the form below:

Runwell Community Primary School,
Canewdon Gardens
Essex SS117BJ