The Consortium

The Consortium

What is the Billericay Educational Consortium?

The Billericay Educational Consortium consists of a group of schools in the Billericay, Chelmsford, Brentwood, Witham, Wickford, South Woodham Ferrers, Rayleigh and Basildon areas who work together on a range of educational initiatives and projects. The schools work together in this way to enhance the educational effectiveness of each school for the benefit of the pupils in the area.

The School Led Initial Teacher Training programme has been developed with input from the schools, creating a 42 week full time course. We offer trainees the opportunity to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, leave with extended skills in teaching either English or Mathematics and gain the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education. You will need to successfully pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you start the course, and during the course meet the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards for the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status.

The programme offers a real balance between hands-on classroom experience and the theory underpinning educational practice.

A Consortium of Quality and Experience

The Billericay Educational Consortium was one of two establishments to pioneer the School Led Initial Teacher Training concept in 1994. We are now in our 22nd year and have a wealth of experienced mentors and tutors to offer trainee teachers support and guidance during this intensive course.

We have been named the top performing quality primary SCITT in the country since 2009 using data provided by University of Buckingham for the National College of Teaching and Leadership.  Our 2014 Ofsted Report confirmed that the quality of our overall effectiveness including trainee outcomes, the quality of training and leadership and management across the partnership is outstanding. Head teachers from local schools ask if trainees would be interested in applying for posts within their schools as we are renowned for producing sound, experienced and reflective newly qualified teachers.

I enjoyed the course and felt that the balance between lectures and school based sessions really helped prepare me for my NQT year. The tutors and mentors were all very supportive.

Liked the small intake which enabled me to receive excellent support.

It is an excellent course that prepares you well for the practical aspects of teaching. The course is very well run and managed and the mentor system especially good.

Why do the schools want to be involved in teacher training?

Schools have a direct interest in the quality of teachers entering the profession. The work of a teacher is ever changing and those working in the classroom and in schools are in the front line of these changes. Schools can provide a training programme that is relevant to the demands of the modern classroom. This is why we work so closely with schools to provide a steady supply of skilful and confident newly qualified teachers to meet the needs of individual schools.

Here are some comments from trainees who have completed the course and are undertaking their induction year.