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

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://oldfordacademy.paradigmtrust.org/

About the course

A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a Masters Programme with the University of Derby for the award of PGCE. Training is majority school-based at Ipswich Academy in Suffolk with some centre-based training. Training 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 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 the University of Derby and comprises 3 assignments, 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.

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 Ipswich Academy with ages ranging from 11 - 16.

Trainees will spend the majority of their time at the school in either KS3 or KS4 with some time in an alternative key stage. They will also undertake a short placement in another school.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,900
EU students £8,900

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

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 and mathematics

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

Email
school.direct@paradigmtrust.org
Telephone
02089801503
Website
http://oldfordacademy.paradigmtrust.org/
Address
Paradigm Trust
Old Ford Primary Academy
Wrights Road
London

Apply

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: 3CFF

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
I Ipswich Academy Braziers Wood Road, Ipswich IP3 0SP

Advice and support

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