We offer initial teacher education (primary and secondary, all subject areas) through our salaried School Direct programme. As a trainee teacher you will have access to invaluable school and classroom experience that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an excellent class teacher.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for graduates and career changer graduates wishing to train to become teachers. We are also able to offer parallel, salaried training opportunities for strong candidates (secondary only) who do not have a degree but who can demonstrate clear aptitude and desire to develop a teaching career. We would consider applications for salaried training places from school leavers who have, or are predicted to achieve, strong A levels (or equivalent) and can demonstrate an interest in, and experience of, working with children and young people. We particularly welcome applicants from the Troops to Teachers scheme.

If we feel that you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training first, we are able to provide a comprehensive subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) offer (for graduates and non graduates alike). This would involve building up or refreshing your existing knowledge. More information relating to SKE can be accessed here.

We are also able to provide a bespoke leadership and management development package, layered over Paradigm’s core teacher training programme, once trainees have established themselves as effective class teachers.

Why train with us?

Paradigm Trust has a significant track record of delivering high-quality initial teaching training, professional/leadership development and school-to-school support.

Old Ford Primary is the founding school of Paradigm Trust. As an outstanding school, Old Ford was one of only 36 primary schools to be designated as a National Teaching School in the first cohort in 2011. Old Ford is now one of four schools within Paradigm Trust, along with Culloden Primary (also judged outstanding by Ofsted, in July 2015), Solebay Primary and Ipswich Academy.

Built up over many years, we have developed successful collaborative relationships with a wide range of partner schools.

For more information, please contact Kevin Jones (Principal, Old Ford Primary) for primary enquiries or Bill Holledge (Ipswich Academy) for secondary. If you are interested, we welcome and strongly encourage you to make contact prior to making an application. We would be very pleased to meet with you at any of our schools.

Graduate applications must be made via the UCAS Web site. Please search for ‘Paradigm Trust’ on the course search page. If you wish to express an interest in non-graduate opportunities, please contact Bill Holledge (as above).

Last updated October 14, 2015