A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and have the option to buy-in to a PGCE Programme with Anglia Ruskin University. The cost of this is £1300 and payable in 2 instalments. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training is a blend of face to face and online and occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary or phase within primary.
In school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by Anglia Ruskin University and comprises 2 assignments and related tasks, which are spread across the course of the year.
Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers’ Standards.
Trainees will be based in Ipswich Academy.
The programme covers the secondary age range 11-16 and you will be required to teach at both KS3 and KS4. You will spend the majority of your training year at Ipswich Academy but will also be required to undertake a short placement in another school.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We advise applicants to use one of the two equivalency testing providers listed below.
We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and inspirational individuals who see teaching as more than ‘just a job.’ People who want to make a difference and help pupils to be their very best. People who want to change lives.
If you are looking to work with an organisation that has a proven track record of improving the life chances of thousands of children then this is the place for you.
Teaching is never an easy job, but if you are willing to put in the effort and commitment, then we will support you and the rewards will be immense.
Candidates who have relevant, significant experience (6 months+) working with children in a school/ classroom setting will have an advantage.
Satisfactory recruitment checks including enhanced DBS, children’s barred list, prohibition order check and reference check.
Trainees on the School Direct (salaried) programme are paid a minimum of point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale depending on experience.
There are no fees payable for this programme unless you wish to opt-in to the PGCE programme offered by Essex Teacher Training in partnership with the Anglia Ruskin University. Fees are currently set at £1300 and payable in instalments.
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About the training provider
“The best thing has been hands-on training that I can take into the classroom immediately. Lots of chances to see others teach and learn best practice.” (former School Direct trainee).
At Paradigm Trust, we have a teaching motto: “We teach the right things, efficiently.” Every minute we have with our learners is important and we can’t afford to waste time. We take what’s most important in every subject and make sure we teach it in the most effective way. Cognitive science is at the heart of our initial teaching programme - the science of learning. We know what works in the classroom and we want to share that with you.
Paradigm Trust has a significant track record of delivering high-quality initial teaching training. Last year 100% of our trainees were graded good or better. 90% of last year’s trainees successfully applied for permanent teaching posts with us this year.
“The second placement at Old Ford was really useful. Working in a different environment in a new year group was important for getting used to teaching in a different way and understanding the differences between year groups.” (Former School Direct trainee).
Paradigm Trust’s mission is “to develop and sustain great schools where we can make the biggest difference to pupils.” Education changes lives. Come and train to teach with us.
Old Ford Primary Academy - Paradigm Trust Wrights Road Bow London E3 5LD
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