Andrea Parfett
Dilkes Academy 01708 852128


The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership was formed by 14 schools in the Thurrock area in 2012.  Acknowledging that working together on a shared vision of initial teacher training would produce outstanding teachers of the future, the head teachers devised an innovative training programme under School Direct. We have now grown to 16 schools providing trainees with a wide experience of school establishments. 

The partnership (The University of Greenwich) is delivered by experienced lecturers at the university and by head teachers and outstanding teachers in the partnership's purpose built training room. 

The training programme is supported by Dilkes Academy which was awarded the prestigious status of National Teaching School in March 2013.  This accreditation is given to outstanding schools to provide a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers.  This role involves managing the Teaching School's Initial Teaching in Education Programmes in partnership with primary schools and Greenwich.  The unique research-based teaching approach ensures that our trainees are already aiming towards being the outstanding teachers of the future. On successful completion of the course 100% of our trainees have gained posts in a Thurrock school and 95% have been in the partnership.

What’s in Thurrock?

Thurrock is vibrant and diverse area and offers candidates a range of challenges and rewards that will prepare them for a successful career in teaching.  It is located on the north side of the River Thames estuary and is an ideal gateway to the rest of the country.  Commuting times to London Fenchurch Street are approximately half and an hour and access to Kent, Essex, the Home Counties and beyond is easy owing to the proximity of the M25.

The area is full of exciting leisure opportunities when trainees need to relax and due to its prime geographical location offers the best of city living with the opportunity to enjoy the Essex countryside.  Lakeside is a bustling shopping centre which boasts over 300 shops all under one roof.  With its ample free parking. It has late-night shopping, bars, restaurants and even a multiplex cinema.

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