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Aspire Teaching Trust Primary (38KY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT)
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course follows the Primary School Direct (Tuition Fee) route, working across the breadth of General Primary years with children aged 5-11. Trainees complete a set of termly tasks, written assignments and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate meeting the Teaching Standards. Upon successful completion of the course, Qualified Teacher Status is awarded, along with a PGCE.

Training with Aspire Teaching Trust begins in September at the start of the academic year, running right through to July at the end of the summer term. The structure of the course comprises 30 weeks spent in at least two Aspire academies, along with 11 weeks of centre-based training with Cornwall SCITT at their training centre at Heartlands, near Redruth. Time in school or at the centre are in full week blocks spread throughout the year; this means when trainees are in school, they experience the full school week, rather than missing the same day every week for centre training.

The centre training covers a range of themes including specific subject content, methods of teaching and learning, planning and resourcing. This is delivered by a number of specialists including some of Aspire’s own Specialist Leaders of Education, who deliver elements such as Maths and ICT. There may also be opportunity to observe demo lessons in our academies, as well as visiting other specialist settings. Some of the centre-based sessions will take place in key training settings such as outdoor education centres, including a short residential trip to Bristol and London.

The majority (around 75%) of the course time is spent in school. While in school, trainees are welcomed by experienced Aspire class teachers, leaders and practitioners, giving support to complete a range of course-related tasks, leading group work and teaching practice. Trainees gain intensive, hands-on practical experience of working with children, classroom management and working in the school environment. High-quality feedback, support and advice is given to trainees by their class teacher, leading to continuous development of their teaching practice. Course tutors will also observe teaching practice during the course of the year.

Trainees have dedicated weekly 2-hour high-quality mentoring sessions in school with their Aspire school-based trainer (class teacher), as well as having access to a mentor and tutor through Cornwall SCITT. We believe trainees can reach their full potential with the best mentoring support, so we train and support our Aspire mentors to give the best support.

School placements

Aspire Teaching Trust, which is part of Aspire Academy Trust, has over 25 schools of varying sizes across Cornwall and we are continuing to grow. All school placements are in our Aspire academies.

Students on this General Primary (5-11) course will spend the first term in Key Stage One, followed by the second and third terms in Key Stage Two (usually Upper and Lower Key Stage Two). We endeavour for trainees to be placed in the same school in Autumn and Summer terms, so that movements between placements is smooth, and time is not lost in the summer settling into another new school.

We look at the availability and capacity of our academies to ensure that trainees are given the best support and opportunities; we want to ensure the placement schools and trainees are the right fit for each other.

We consider the travel distance between a trainee’s home address and school, to keep travel time to under 30 minutes where possible.

A major benefit of being in a Trust is the opportunity to network and link with colleagues in other schools in our MAT; we encourage our trainees to utilise these networks.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution, which must be a 2:2 or above (achieved or pending).

GCSE or O-Level Maths, English and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications). From Summer 2017 the grades required under the new GCSE are 4-9.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who have the potential to be fantastic teachers. We would like to work with those who are passionate about teaching, learning and giving all children the best education experience. We are looking for creativity, enthusiasm and an energy to spark children’s interest to achieve their full potential.

We’d love to hear about your experience with children and how you can be resourceful, build relationships with others (both colleagues and children) and what you can bring to teaching.

Other requirements

All trainees will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS.

We strongly recommend that you have undertaken employment or relevant work experience to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and practice, sharing this with us in your application and interview.

We’d also be really interested to hear about any other experience, qualifications or training that you think would be relevant in your application to train to teach.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Aspire Teaching Trust offers a unique opportunity to train in a modern and forward-thinking Multi-Academy Trust of over 25 primary schools across Cornwall. Each of our academies is unique, giving access to a broad selection of schools of different sizes, demographics and geographical areas to strengthen and enrich the training experience.

Training with us gives greater flexibility, unique opportunities and benefits including:

  • Career prospects. Training with us is the start of an Aspire career. Where vacancies are available, if our trainees pass the training year and achieve Qualified Teacher Status, we will seek to place them as NQTs in our Aspire schools, taking away the stress of applying for jobs and interviews whilst training.

  • A personal-issue laptop for the duration of training to connect and be fully integrated into the Aspire networks and our online community of resources.

  • Dedicated mentor time with excellent class teachers to develop practice.

  • Our class teachers working with trainees also have access to mentoring themselves to help them give complete support to trainees.

  • All placements in Aspire schools, carefully chosen to give trainees the best experiences.

  • Support from a wide range of expert practitioners and teachers across a range of areas.

Trainees will have high-quality training, development and support from Aspire Teaching Trust, right from day one. Our aim is to produce outstanding system leaders of the future; with multiple career opportunities and specialisms available within our Trust, we recognise talent for the future.

About the accredited body

Cornwall SCITT are our carefully chosen training partner and have been graded Outstanding by Ofsted in their most recent inspection. Their centre-based training takes place at Heartlands, near Redruth, and equates to around 25% of the course time.

Cornwall SCITT have an excellent reputation for their quality of training delivery, as well as the relationships they build within the county. They work with a number of specialist colleagues, including some of our own from Aspire Academy Trust, to deliver the course content to students. We are really pleased to be working with them!

Interview process

If an application meets the required standard, applicants will be invited to an interview day.

In advance of the interview day, applicants will be asked to plan and prepare a short activity for a small group of children. This will form part of the interview activities, with applicants being observed delivering the activity with a group of children. We will be looking to see the structure of the activity and the rapport built with the children - we’re not looking for the finished article at this point!

The selection day includes a written task, where the standard of English is assessed.

There will also be a formal interview, where we will look to see what motivates applicants to pursue a teaching career, and what they know about current issues in the sector.

When completing an application, remember to follow the application guidelines. If academic study was completed within the last 5 years, one of the referees must be an academic tutor.

The work experience/history section of the application must be comprehensive, detailing all work history. This must include all employed or voluntary school roles, as well as other work. All gaps in between roles must be accounted for.

Ensuring applications are correctly completed helps to speed up the process through shortlisting, as we will request missing information which will delay proceedings.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aspire Teaching Trust are a fully inclusive organisation, as are our carefully selected partners, Cornwall SCITT.

Wellbeing and inclusion are high on the Aspire agenda, with all our academies fully committed to supporting those with disabilities or other needs, making appropriate reasonable adjustments. We take great pride in matching trainees with placements, so trainees can be fully supported. Our trainees also complete a ‘fitness to teach’ check in advance of starting the course.

Trainees with additional learning needs will have access to individual support from an academic tutor. Those with physical needs, such as hearing or visual impairments, will be supported to ensure full access to the course, with support for classroom strategies as needed.

All trainees have mentor support. Ensuring development, mental health and wellbeing are of equally high importance throughout the course is fundamental to our approach. We want to get the best from our trainees, by giving them the best support we can.

Contact this training provider

01726 438613
Aspire Teaching Trust
Unit 20
St Austell Business Park,StAustell,
PL25 4FD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021