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Paradigm Trust: Old Ford Primary Academy and Ipswich Academy Primary (L438)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://paradigmtrust.org/careers/teacher-training-school-direct-with-paradigm/

Contents

Course summary

A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a PGCE Programme with our partner University. Candidates will be trained to teach by experienced practitioners from within the Trust and from our partner organisation, Essex Teacher Training. The Paradigm Trust Schools Direct programme combines classroom ‘hands on’ experience with professional development sessions.

Candidates can expect to spend approximately 80% of their time in classrooms, working alongside and learning from established teachers. Professional development sessions are held either in our Ipswich hub for our Suffolk based primary trainees, or in one of our London schools for London based trainees. Our partner, Essex Teacher Training leads professional development sessions for London based trainees in Harlow and in Colchester for our Suffolk and Ipswich based trainees (all travel costs are covered.)

We have had great success with our Schools Direct programme and the majority of our trainees successfully apply for teaching roles within the Trust at the conclusion of their training.

School placements

Trainees will be based in one of our primary academies with ages ranging from 3 - 11.

Currently, we have 2 primary academies in Ipswich: Murrayfield Primary Academy and Piper’s Vale Primary Academy.

Trainees will spend the majority of their time in their base academy in 3 different age ranges within the school. They will also undertake a short placement in one of the nearest partner schools.

Murrayfield Primary Academy Piper’s Vale Primary Academy

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Murrayfield Primary Academy
Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9JL
Yes
Piper’s Vale Primary Academy
Raeburn Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 0EW
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We advise applicants to use one of the two equivalency testing providers listed below.

Astarteachers.co.uk

OR

Equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

Satisfactory recruitment checks including enhanced DBS, children’s barred list, prohibition order check and reference check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,150.

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.

Paradigm Trust

We have had great success with our School Direct programme and the majority of our trainees successfully gain employment within the Trust at the conclusion of their training.

Interview process

If you are successfully shortlisted for interview, you can expect to be observed teaching a short lesson with a class so we can assess your teaching potential.

In addition, you will attend a face-to-face interview with senior members of staff.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Paradigm Trust is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal training opportunities are available to all individuals.

Please let us know if you have a specific need and/or require any adjustments at the interview stage or throughout the ITT programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
school.direct@paradigmtrust.org
Telephone
02089801503
Website
http://paradigmtrust.org/careers/teacher-training-school-direct-with-paradigm/
Address
Old Ford Primary Academy - Paradigm Trust
Wrights Road
Bow
London
E3 5LD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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