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Dilkes Academy

The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership lead by Dilkes Academy is running an innovative ITE programme for both the salaried and PGCE accredited by UCL Institute of Education. This is a school-based training programme where trainees can negotiate their home school.

The course is a one year, school based route, at the end of which you will received Qualified Teacher Status. Unlike other providers, we offer a full year’s employment and a full salary at UQ1 on the teachers’ pay scale.
We are very proud of the high quality training and mentoring that is an integral part of both our PGCE and salaried training programmes. Our trainees all receive bespoke training based upon their needs which allows them to achieve their full potential as outstanding practitioners who will be leaders of the future. We offer a £1000 bursary to all of our PGCE trainees and our salaried students do not have to pay course fees.
100% of our trainees have gained jobs in Thurrock schools and many of our early cohort are already on the leadership ladder, positively impacting on the lives of Thurrock children.

About our school experience


Teach Thurrock has developed a Primary Experience Programme, which offers the chance to spend 10 days getting first-hand insight into primary school teaching. Candidates will gain experience of whole class and group teaching in a range of schools in our partnership. There will be opportunities to shadow outstanding teachers and further develop understanding of what teaching is all about.

This provides a great opportunity for eligible candidates (with a 2:2 degree or higher), who intend to start initial teacher training (ITT) in 2019/20 to find out more about the different aspects of the job and gain valuable experience ahead of applying for training.

We also offer School Experience to candidates who wish to apply for a School Direct training place on the Teach Thurrock Primary partnership for 2019/20. Please contact the school on 01708 852128 or email Andrea Parfett at or for further details.

Start and finish times
8:15am to 3:30pm - Flexible

We can offer half days but we do expect an 8.15 arrival time as this allows us to carry out safe guarding procedures.

Dress code

Business dress, Cover up tattoos

Teacher training

Dilkes is the lead school for the Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership and our accrediting provider is UCL Institute of Education.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

Contact directly to arrange school experience that suits you!

School experience type
Both Virtual and In school


Garron Lane, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5JQ
Map showing Dilkes Academy

Yes - on site parking provided

We have a number of visitors' spaces. If they are full there is parking in the streets surrounding the school.

Garron Lane, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5JQ
School phases
Early years, Primary (4 to 11)
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.