Primary with Paradigm Trust: Old Ford Primary Academy and Ipswich Academy Accredited provider: Essex Teacher Training

Course offered
QTS full time with salary
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

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.

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.

As with all Initial Teacher Training programmes, you will be required to sit English and mathematics skills tests before the commencement of training.

How school placements work

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

Currently, we have 3 primary academies in Tower Hamlets, London: Old Ford Primary Academy, Culloden Primary Academy and Solebay Primary Academy. Two further primary schools are located in Ipswich: Murrayfield Primary Academy and Piper's Vale Primary Academy. We also partner with St. Edmund's primary school in Tower Hamlets who offer training places.

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.

Old Ford Primary Academy

Culloden Primary Academy

Solebay Primary Academy

Murrayfield Primary Academy

Piper's Vale Primary Academy

St. Edmund's Primary School


Trainees on the School Direct (salaried) programme are paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale.

As of September 2018, this is currently £20,908 for inner London and £16,626 nationally.

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 University of Derby. Fees are currently set at £1950 and payable in instalments.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Degree requirements

  • A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. If your degree is from a non-UK university you will need to approach NARIC to gain an equivalence certificate.

GCSE Qualifications

  • GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or 'C' in English, mathematics and science

DfE Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy

  • You are required to sit your first skills test within 8 weeks of being made a conditional offer and you must pass both skills tests prior to starting the programme.

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

Experience working with children is preferred although not essential.

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.” (2017/18 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.” (2017/18 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

About the accredited provider

Essex Teacher Training is a large provider of ITT in the Eastern Region, offering a variety of different routes to QTS.

Working with in excess of 80 schools in Essex and neighbouring counties, they provide excellent opportunities in primary, secondary and special schools.

With excellent employment rates and over 95% of trainees finishing the programmes, each year, as good or outstanding, headteachers comment that trainees are well prepared for their NQT year.

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.

If you have a specific need, we can discuss this with you at interview and agree a suitable level of support.

Contact details

Paradigm Trust
Old Ford Primary Academy
Wrights Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1C8
  • Training programme code: 3CFC

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
M Murrayfield Primary Academy Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9JL
P Piper's Vale Primary Academy Raeburn Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 0EW
- Main Site Old Ford Primary-an Academy, Wrights Road, Bow, London E3 5LD
B Culloden Primary - an Academy Dee Street E14 0PT
C St Edmund's Catholic Primary School 299 Westferry Road E14 3RS

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