Trainees on the School Direct tuition fee route will be in a classroom working with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week. The mentor and class teacher are often the same person.
The course is full time with weekly training sessions and workshops (mainly on a Monday) covering all aspects of teaching the primary curriculum, which compliments the in-school training experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning effectively in a primary school.
As part of the programme trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. As the year progresses they will spend an increasing amount of time in school and by the summer term will be based at their placement school full time. Trainees will spend some time in a special school and have focus days to enhance their expertise and understanding of SEND.
A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees’ professional understanding and subject knowledge (as specified in the Core Content Framework) alongside your ability to teach
culminates in a rigorous summative assessment against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). The Pilgrim Partnership, working with The Cambridge Partnership as the accredited provider, recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will also study for a PGCE alongside QTS.
Trainees will be required to pay tuition fees and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans.
Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:-
Trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. These placements could vary from nursery to year 6 dependent upon the age range of training. In addition trainees will spend some time in a special school.
Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account their geographical location and individual needs.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
The Pilgrim Partnership will accept equivalent GCSE qualifications in English, maths and science by a recognised third party. As an exam will incur a cost please contact us to make sure the awarding body is acceptable.
The Pilgrim Partnership, working with The Cambridge Partnership as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with pupils. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.
Candidates should be aware of contemporary issues in education.
Declaration of any convictions
An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a
Satisfactory clearance for registration
Attend induction day
Provide original of your GCSE certificate in English Language, science and
mathematics confirming your grades meet the entry requirements for
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Training Centre by Aspire is committed to training our next generation of outstanding teachers. Led by two outstanding academies in Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon, we are supported by an alliance of over 70 Primary and Secondary schools, within the county of Hertfordshire.
We are working in collaboration with our Training Provider, The Pilgrim Partnership and our accredited body The Cambridge Partnership.
One of the many advantages of training to be a teacher with us is the personalised programme of training and support we offer. All trainee teachers work alongside an experienced mentor and tutors who can guide them skilfully through their training year.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.
Interviews will take place online via Teams until further notice.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Aspire and The Pilgrim Partnership is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
What do we mean by disability?
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).