Teacher Training

Teacher Training

William de Ferrers has a successful history of training teachers across a range of subject areas and a number of our staff are ex pupils. We are part of the Essex School Direct Partnership and the Billericay Educational Consortium (BEC) 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 to provide the very best school-based teacher training programmes in the Secondary sector. Both the programmes 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 other opportunities via our providers for subject knowledge enhancement programmes.


Teacher Training with NESTT

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career – and it is important to have the best quality training to start you on your professional journey. We are proud to work in partnership with NESTT to offer placements for trainee teachers at our school.

What is NESTT?

Although the name is new, Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk Teacher Training (NESTT) has been formed through a merger of Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT and BEC Teacher Training. Between us, we have over 50 years of experience in training teachers. We’ll still be delivering the same local, high quality, personalised training for which we are known. Alongside that, the new organisation will give us scope to develop an even wider range of courses to suit our trainees and our schools.

Why Train with NESTT?

  1. A Track Record of Success

NESTT is formed from a merger of two well-established school-based teacher training providers who between them have over 50 years of experience of successful teacher training in the East of England.

  1. High Quality Face to Face Training

Our training course is the perfect combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience ensuring you get enjoyment and satisfaction from your new career. 

  1. A Personalised Programme

Our locally-based teams will continue to build on existing relationships with schools to meet individual trainee needs and personalise the training journey.

  1. A Wide Range of Placements

We work with over 200 local schools across East Anglia so we are able to offer you a wide range of placements in a school that is local to you.

  1. Rapid Career Development

The vast majority of our trainees take up positions in our local schools. Our high-quality training is fully aligned with the Early Career Framework so our trainees get a flying start, many of them enjoying accelerated career development.

To find out more and book into a recruitment information event visit https://nestt.org.uk/

About the Essex Schools ITT

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. 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 10 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


Bursaries and scholarships

For 2024 to 2025 we are offering bursaries of:

  • £28,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics
  • £25,000 in biology, design and technology, geography and languages (including ancient languages)
  • £10,000 in art and design, English, music and RE

Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or master’s.


For more information on opportunities for teacher training at William de Ferrers, please contact Miss A Farrar, Assistant Headteacher afarrar@wdf.school

For information on both our providers please visit the DfE website.


For further information on how to apply, the entry requirements and subject enhancement courses visit Essex Schools ITT website.