It is preferable but not essential. If you do not have any connections to a school you can still apply and we will then place you in a school with the aim of it being within a commutable distance of your home address.
If you find your own school:
- check if they are working with a Lead School for School Direct. If they are you will need to apply to that Lead School for a place.
- if they are not working with a school for SD you will be able to do SCITT with us. Ask the person at the school who has responsibility for trainee teachers to contact Essex Teacher Training to discuss what is involved.