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. This time spent in school and centre-based training is spread throughout the year to maximise training and development.
While based in school, you will work alongside experienced Aspire class teachers, leaders and practitioners, completing a range of course-related tasks, leading group work and teaching practice. You will gain intensive, hands-on practical experience of working with children, classroom management and working in the school environment. Teaching practice is observed by the class teacher, with high-quality feedback, support and advice given as appropriate. Course tutors will also observe teaching practice during the course of the year.
You will have dedicated 2-hour high-quality mentoring sessions each week in school with their Aspire school-based trainer (their class teacher), as well as having access to a mentor through Cornwall SCITT. We believe you can reach your full potential with the best mentoring support, so we train and support our Aspire mentors to give you the best support.
The centre based training sessions cover 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 education consultants, teachers, headteachers and course tutors. Some of Aspire Teaching Trust’s Specialist Leaders of Education deliver elements such as Maths and ICT, as well as giving you the opportunity to observe lessons in practice in our academies. A small number of the centre-based sessions will take place in key training settings such as outdoor education centres.
The course follows the Primary School Direct Unsalaried route, with the option to specialise in the early years age 3-7 or general primary age 5-11 routes. Both will qualify to teach either phase. You will 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, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status. You also have the option of completing a PGCE which may be a consideration if you wish to teach in other parts of the world in the future.