Train to Teach: FAQs
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to get in touch with us at ATT@iaspire.net.
Why should I choose Aspire?
- Training with Aspire offers a unique opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking, dynamic multi-academy trust. Part of our strength as a Trust is how collaboratively we work across our academies, which offers invaluable experience and insight to trainees who can access a wealth of ideas and best practice. Our growing number of academies means we are continually expanding our breadth of innovative ideas and teaching practice, with a wealth of highly skilled, qualified and experienced staff. We are all passionate about achieving the best outcomes for our pupils.
What does training to teach with Aspire involve?
- Training takes one year full-time, with successful completion leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This starts in early September and goes through to the end of the following July, via the School Direct Unsalaried route. It covers the age range of 3 to 11 years and complies with the teaching standards and requirements specified by the Department for Education.
- A combination of hands-on experience in schools, together with centre-based training throughout the year where trainees build knowledge of the curriculum and methods of teaching and learning. Students will begin with observing lessons and working with small groups of children, before beginning teaching practice with whole classes with guidance and support from school-based mentors. This is interspersed with a series of assignments and evidence gathering.
How will I be assessed?
- Trainees will undertake whole class teaching practice which is observed by either the school based trainer and/or the programme tutor, as well as completing a series of assignments and collecting evidence of practice. Ultimately, trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.
What support will I have?
- Trainees are assigned a trained school-based trainer within each school that they are placed. This person is responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring they have the opportunities they need within school. This will often be the class teacher, with whom trainees will also spend joint PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time as well as weekly mentoring sessions which are invaluable. Trainees also have support from a second mentor outside of the placement school setting to ensure complete support.
How many schools will I train in?
- Over the period of an academic year, students are placed in an Aspire academy for the Autumn Term, before moving onto a second Aspire academy during the Spring Term. Trainees will either then move onto a third Aspire academy or return to their first placement school for the Summer Term. There is also opportunity to visit other settings to expand skills and experience.
Can I choose which age group I would like to train with?
- To meet the Initial Teaching Training requirements, trainees will train in two different phases. There is the option to specialise in the Early Years route which focusses on the age 3-7 children, with placements in Foundation and Key Stage One, or undertaking training with the age 5-11 children, with placements in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Both with qualify trainees as a primary school teacher, and you can still teach any phase, even if it is not one of those you trained with. This allows you to train in a phase that may be more comfortable or familiar.
What are the entry requirements?
- A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution, which must be a 2:2 or above (achieved or pending).
- At the time of application, students must have already achieved GCSE or O-Level Maths, English and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications). From Summer 2017 the grades required under the new GCSE are 4-9.
- To begin the initial teacher training course, students must have completed the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests, which can be taken at various test centres in the area (Truro or Plymouth are nearest). This must be done within 8 weeks of securing a place to train with us – however you can sit these tests from the point of submitting an application via UCAS prior to being offered a place if you wish. You can find more information about these skills tests here.
What happens after I complete initial teacher training?
- Following successful completion, we will actively seek to place you in an Aspire Academy for your NQT year. The NQT Induction must be completed for those employed in relevant settings – more information can be found here. All NQTs employed within Aspire academies will complete the NQT Induction. We would welcome applications to relevant Aspire vacant posts, details of which can be found on our Careers page .
How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted via UCAS.com and usually open in October each year, remaining open until places are filled. You may find the following details useful to note when beginning your application to us.
Training provider code name: A2783
Training provider code: 2HB
Training programme code: 38KY
How can I get school experience?
- If you wish to build on your experience within a school setting, we would welcome prospective trainees to come to one of our schools through the School Experience Programme or by contacting us directly at ATT@iaspire.net to arrange this.
What if I am not yet sure if teaching is for me?
- You could undertake a short placement through the School Experience Programme or by contacting us directly to arrange this. You can see an example of our schools, talk to staff and spend time in our classrooms to help you decide. We would also recommend undertaking voluntary experience or paid work in a school setting to give a foundation of experience.
What does the interview and selection process involve?
- Once you have submitted your application, if successful, you will be invited to a selection day. This includes an applicant-led activity with a small group of children, observed by panel members. This is followed by a written task and formal interview. During this process we are looking for the qualities and potential to become a teacher – not the finished product!
How much does it cost to train with Aspire?
- Fees are currently set with Cornwall SCITT at £9,250 which can be funded through a student loan or self-finance. Visit Student Finance England for more information.
Where can I get more information about training with Aspire?
- Aspire Teaching Trust hold a series of information sessions to meet prospective students who may be interested in training with us. Dates of these should appear on our website, or email us via ATT@iaspire.net for details. You can also drop us an email with your questions, or give us a call on 01726 438613.