You will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your 'host' school and then experience another school within the Aspirations Teaching School Alliance in the 2nd term.
Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.
This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then return to your host school to complete your training.
We endeavour to match the right trainee to the right partner school for their main placement based on their initial preference, geography / distance from home, and areas of specific interest. You will be given the opportunity to express your placement preference once you have submitted your application.
Trainees will also be expected to attend an induction day with their main placement school ahead of the September course start.
During the first half of the Spring term, all trainees complete a second, 5-6 week placement in another school (eg a primary school or another secondary school in the Aspirations or partner schools).
There is also an Enrichment period for all bursary-led/unsalaried trainees in May/June for two weeks which will focus on subject knowledge development as well as other current educational priorities.
PGCE studies take place with the Roehampton University every Wednesday, with the other four days per week being spent in school (minimum of 120 days across the year).
The Trust will cover the cost of travel and overnight accommodation near Roehampton University if you are training at Magna Academy Poole.
Aspirations school supply dedicated and high quality one-to-one Mentor support and in-school Professional Studies to complement the core PGCE programme offered by the University each week. Trainees will also be expected to attend events such as parents’ evening and contribute to report writing during the year. While there is no guarantee of permanent employment with placement schools, a considerable number of our trainees do go on to secure NQTs positions within our academies.