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.