Aspire Academy Trust

Primary Teacher Training in Cornwall -Train to Teach

TraintoteachThrough Aspire Teaching Trust, we recruit and train the next generation of primary teachers across our Aspire schools. Our initial teacher training programme follows the full-time School Direct (Tuition Fee) route, offering a wealth of hands-on experience, with successful completion leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE. 

Applications are now open for courses starting September 2021 and open to anyone to apply - not just those who may already be working in an Aspire school. 

Course Details

  • Three-quarters of the training year is spent in our Aspire schools, where trainees gain valuable hands-on experience, developing skills and teaching practice. The remaining 25% of the time is spent at centre-based training with our training partners, the Ofsted Outstanding Cornwall SCITT. This is where trainees deepen their knowledge on a range of areas including the curriculum, pedagogy, SEND, planning and behaviour - to name a few!

  • Trainees can choose our  Early Years (ages 3-7 years) course, or our General Primary (ages 5-11) course. Both courses will qualify trainees to teach right across the primary age range - the choice of route will guide what age classes trainees are placed in.  

  • Selecting the Early Years course means Autumn and Summer term placements are spent in a Reception class - usually at the same school - with the Spring term placement in Key Stage One at another setting. 

  • The General Primary course means placements in the Autumn term will be in Key Stage One, followed by two placements in Key Stage Two in subsequent terms. We usually try to arrange the placements so that the Autumn and Summer term placements are at the same school (although different classes).  

  • Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status with a PGCE

  • Course codes - Early Years (D561) / General Primary (38KY)

Training with us gives you greater flexibility, unique opportunities and benefits including:

  • Salvatore ventura nNe4HwY iY0 unsplashCareer prospects. Training with us is the start of an Aspire career. Where vacancies are available, if our trainees pass the training year and achieve Qualified Teacher Status, we will seek to place them as NQTs in our Aspire schools, taking away the stress of applying for jobs and interviews whilst training.

  • 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 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.


Online Information Sessions

Aspire Teaching Trust hold a series of informal information sessions for prospective trainees to find out more about primary teacher training with us. This is the ideal opportunity to visit us, find out more about what we have to offer as well as to chat informally about the programme.

Our information sessions will be run through online webinar formats as below: 


Date Time How to Book
3rd February 2021 3.00pm - 4.00pm Book here

If you have any questions in the meantime, get in touch with us - 


Train to Teach Leaflet