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Paragon Alliance

Paragon Alliance


Paragon Alliance School Direct Programme PGCE with QTS.

Paragon Alliance works in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University to offer our School Direct programme for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). This school-led programme enables successful trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and 60 credits towards a Masters level qualification.

There are several opportunities to meet the School Direct team. We hold open evenings and open days throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to meet the key members of staff involved with School Direct and Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

How does the programme work?

Trainees are placed in their host school from the start of the year and typically spend six weeks in a second school to ensure a breadth of experience. Complementing the programme of training sessions at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), we draw upon the expertise and strengths of outstanding classroom teachers, mentors and leadership team members from across the alliance to support participants through a tailored training programme. Through our partnership of largely Outstanding and Good schools we offer training places in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Why choose Paragon Alliance School Direct?

Aspiring teachers on our School Direct programme have the opportunity to work and train within an alliance with diversity at its core. Our alliance of schools is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged young people in the city.  Paragon Alliance is developing both a local and national reputation for being a centre of excellence within teaching and learning and continues to offer a plethora of training opportunities for all staff.

We continue to build on our strong culture where Paragon staff see themselves as educators working in partnership with families and teams of multi professionals.

Hampton Hargate was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in May 2015. Similarly, BGU was commended in 2015 as a good provider for all its school-based ITT provision.  If you are ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and working with young people, we want to hear from you!

In what phases are you offering training places?

The Paragon Alliance School Direct Programme is recruiting ambitious and committed future teachers to Training Route places in primary and special. Primary trainees may register for either lower primary (Foundation Stage and KS1) or Upper primary (Key Stage 2) 

We are delighted to work alongside our partner primary schools to offer this School Direct programme. Successful applicants may be placed at any of our partner schools.

Where can I find more information?

Further details are available on Bishop Grosseteste University website. All applications for training places are made through the DfE's website:

The application cycle usually runs from late autumn through to June. The Get into Teaching website provides a range of support tools and guidance.

Find our teacher training courses on DfE's website:  
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