Teacher Training

Teacher Training

William de Ferrers has a successful history of training teachers across a range of subject areas and in fact a number of our staff are ex pupils. We are part of the West Essex School Direct Partnership and the Plume Community Teacher Partnership who are committed to attracting, training and developing graduates to enable all schools within our area to reach the same level of excellence and quality of provision thus ensuring that all our trainees achieve their full potential. 

In order to realise this vision William de Ferrers and other schools in the partnerships have made a commitment to work together through the School Direct programme with our provider TES Institute to provide the very best school-based teacher training programmes in the Secondary sector. The programme will seek to maximise time spent in the classroom by ensuring that the face-to-face professional studies programme is of the highest quality and delivered within our locality.

Part time study is now also available along with opportunities via our provider  for subject knowledge enhancement programmes.

About the partnership

There are over 20 schools in the partnerships, all judged to be outstanding or good (Grade 1 or 2) by Ofsted and managed by Davenant Foundation School or Plume school as the ‘lead schools’.  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 PGCE providers and Essex ITT.   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

For more information on opportunities for teacher training at William de Ferrers, please contact Mrs A Crickmore, Assistant Headteacher acrickmore@wdf.school

For information on School Direct please visit the DfE website.


For further information on how to apply, the entry requirements and subject enhancement courses visit The West Essex School Direct Partnership website
or The Plume Community Teacher Partnership