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.
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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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