Aspire develops and nurtures reflective, creative and confident classroom teachers.
The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’. You will spend four days each week in your host school learning alongside an experienced class teacher. The fifth day is dedicated to high-quality professional training that immerses you in the theory and practice of primary teaching. Over the year, the majority of these training days take place at Overton CE Primary or one of the Alliance’s partner schools. Approximately thirteen training days across the year are delivered at the University of Winchester where trainees have full access to the University resources, support, tutors and online learning platform.
You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.
The three assignments to be completed over the course of the year are directly related to your teaching practice and the weekly professional training days.
Our mentors are experienced teachers, who undertake rigorous professional development to ensure they can fully support, coach and mentor. By the end of the programme, you will be expected to have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the Teaching Standards.
In addition to a main placement in a host school, you will undertake a second school experience in a different Aspire partner school for 6 weeks.
Our vision and passion is to provide you with an enriched experience within our Alliance. This combined with an outstanding University provider will nurture you to become a successful 21st-century teacher.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
“Learning on the job and seeing teachers in action…having the opportunities to try and try again. Taking risks in our teaching and having supportive class mentors who feedback straight away with new strategies and assurance.” School Direct Trainee.