The course follows the Primary School Direct (Tuition Fee) route, encompassing the early years with children in Reception and Key Stage 1. 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, with a PGCE validated by Bath Spa. Trainees will be qualified to teach any age across the primary phase.
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 early years content, the curriculum, 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 and 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/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, too.