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). 

Applications open each Autumn for the following September, and are 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 to specialise in Early Years (ages 3-7 years) or train in General Primary (ages 5-11). Both routes will qualify trainees to teach right across the primary age range - the choice of route will guide what age classes trainees are placed in.  

  • Specialising in Early Years 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 route 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).  

  • An optional PGCE route is available for those who would like to undertake practical, school-based training achieving Qualified Teacher Status and also complete a PGCE. A PGCE may be a consideration for those who particularly enjoy academic writing, and those who may wish to teach abroad in the future. QTS is needed to teach in England, however several other countries require a PGCE, so it is important to think about this. (You do not have to decide at the point of application if you wish to undertake the PGCE route.)

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.


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.

As we have now closed recruitment for September 2020, we will be announcing some new information sessions later in the year. Do keep checking back here on the website, where new dates will be shared. 

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