Aspire Academy Trust

How to Apply

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 Applications can only be made through UCAS or the new Apply Service - we do not accept any other form of application.

You'll need to show us why teaching is your chosen career and that you have the talent, skills and passion to be a teacher. We are looking for the potential in individuals to become excellent primary teachers with Aspire, where a wealth of career opportunities are available.

  • To find us on UCAS, search for 'Aspire Teaching Trust' using the search function. 

  • You can also search for us using the Government's directory of teacher training providers here.

We are an early adopter of the new Apply Service. If all providers you wish to apply to are available through Apply, you can use this system to complete your appliaction. If one or more of your chosen providers is not yet on this new system, you will need to complete your application to all your chosen providers via UCAS. If you have previously begun an application for Teacher Training via UCAS, it is also recommended that you use this system instead. 

To check which providers are using the new Apply Service, click here

Entry Requirements

In order to undertake initial teacher training with us, you will need:

  • A first degree from a UK Higher Education institution of a 2:2 or above (achieved or pending).  

  • GCSEs or O-Levels in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above, or 4-9 under the new grade system. 

(The professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy are no longer required, as these standards are now checked during the course itself.)

Application Guidance

When completing your application, remember to follow the application guidelines. If you have completed academic study within the last 5 years, one of your referees must be an academic tutor. You must include a reference from your current employment or voluntary work placement - ideally somebody who can vouch for your suitability to teach.  

The work experience/history section of the application must be comprehensive, detailing all of your work history. This must include all employed or voluntary school roles, as well as other work. All gaps in between roles must be accounted for. 

Ensuring applications are correctly completed helps to speed up the process through shortlisting, as we will request missing information which will delay proceedings. 

If your application is successful, you'll be invited to an interview at one of our Aspire schools. You'll be asked to plan an activity in advance of the interview for a small group of children in a specified year group, and observed on the day delivering your activity.  We are looking at potential to train at this point, not the finished product! You will then write a written reflection of your activity, be observed in a classroom setting under direction of a class teacher and complete a formal interview.

Train to Teach Leaflet