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Aspire Academy Trust Primary (age 5-11) (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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

The course follows the Primary School Direct (Tuition Fee) route, working across the breadth of the 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, validated by Bath Spa.

Training with Aspire Academy 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 where trainees are welcomed by experienced Aspire class teachers, leaders and practitioners to support them. Trainees complete a range of tasks, lead group work and undertake teaching practice. This intensive, hands-on approach develops key skills needed for 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 throughout the year.

Trainees have dedicated weekly 2-hour high-quality mentoring sessions in school with their Aspire school-based trainer (class teacher), alongside 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, too.

School placements

Aspire Academy Trust has 29 schools of varying sizes across Cornwall and we are continuing to grow. All school placements are in our Aspire academies.

Students on this Primary (age 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 and getting to grips with new colleagues and processes for a third time in the year.

Time for centre-based training with Cornwall SCITT is slotted in around placement time with full week blocks during the year.

We consider 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. We also consider whether trainees have a prior connection to a school, such as through previous employment, voluntary roles or through family attending or working in the setting. We will usually look to place a trainee in a setting with no prior connections to ensure that they are given a fresh and new beginning for their training.

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.

Trainees will be supported by their class teacher (school-based trainer) throughout their placement, as well as wider colleagues in school including the Head of School. Weekly mentoring and shared PPA time will also allow trainees to access complete support from their class teacher. Tutor support will also be available from Cornwall SCITT to ensure there is always somebody to help!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Equivalency tests can be arranged through our partners, Cornwall SCITT, who will be able to supply up to date details of charges and requirements.

It is preferable that tests are at least booked at the point of application - any offers made will be on condition of passing these within a reasonable time-frame.

Personal qualities

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

We’d like to see trainees who are flexible, adaptable and willing to respond to mentoring feedback to develop practice and rise to the challenge.

We’d also love to hear about your experience with children and how you can be resourceful, build relationships with others (both colleagues and children) and what skills 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 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Aspire Academy Trust offers a unique opportunity to train in a modern and forward-thinking Multi-Academy Trust of 29 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 and circumstances allow, following successful completion of the course, we will seek to place trainees as Early Career Teachers 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 are 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 Academy 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.

Interview process

Interview activities may include the following:

  • Applicants will be asked to plan and prepare a short activity for a small group of children prior to interview.

  • Applicants will be observed working with a small group of children, following a brief supplied in advance of the day. We will be looking to see that thought has been given to structure and content, and how candidates communicate and build relationships. But we’re not looking for the finished article at this point!

  • A written task where the standard of English and handwriting are assessed.

  • 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.

It is really important that application forms are completed correctly and in full, following the application guidelines so that we can assess whether the standard for interview is met. For example, if academic study was completed within the last 5 years, one of the referees must be an academic tutor.

The work history section of the application must be comprehensive, detailing all work history, including all employed or voluntary roles, as well as other work from your whole adult life - not just the most recent years. All gaps in between roles must be accounted for.

Incomplete or incorrect applications will delay shortlisting, or may mean that an application is not shortlisted at all - so attention to detail is key.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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 Academy 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 Academy Trust
Unit 20
St Austell Business Park, StAustell,
PL25 4FD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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