We offer initial teacher education in primary and secondary education (all subject areas) through our salaried School Direct programme.
As a trainee teacher at Paradigm, you will be a member of a successful, experienced and ambitious team of teachers and have access to invaluable school and classroom experience. Our training programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience which will enable you to become an excellent teacher.
“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.”
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.
“The most interesting part of my training so far has been my training sessions where I can not only learn but socialise with fellow trainees. It is helpful to share experiences and collaborate.”
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 six schools within Paradigm Trust, three in London: Culloden Primary (also judged outstanding by Ofsted, in July 2015) and Solebay Primary, and three in Ipswich: Murrayfield Primary, Pipers Vale 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 based in London or Ben Rogers (Ipswich Academy) for the Ipswich primaries and 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.
“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.”
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 Ben Rogers (as above).
Who is this programme for?
This programme is for graduates and career change graduates who wish to train to become teachers.
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 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.
“Training sessions are very useful in developing pedagogical knowledge. They teach effective teacher strategies which we can put into practice in class.”