Aspire Academy Trust

Primary Teacher Training in Cornwall -Train to Teach

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TraintoteachWe 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. We work in partnership with Cornwall SCITT to deliver this programme. 

Cornwall Scitt (Primary) 3Applications are now open for courses beginning September 2022. Apply here

Key Details

  • We have two courses available:
    • Primary (age 3-7 years) - specialising in the early years
    • Primary (age 5-11 years) - encompassing Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
  • Both courses will qualify trainees to teach right across the primary age range - the choice of course will guide what age group trainees are placed in.    
  • Selecting the Primary (age 3-7) 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 Primary (age 5-11) 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, validated by Bath Spa University. 

  • Course codes  Primary (3-7) - D561) / Primary (5-11) - 38KY

  • 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!

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

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  • 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.

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


Online Information Sessions

We will be holding a series of information sessions to share more details about our courses, what we offer and what you can expect from the application and interview process. Everyone is welcome! 

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Early Years Initial Teacher Training Infomation Sessions

We are also working with Best Practice Network to offer placements on the Early Years Initial Teacher training programme. Join one of our other info sessions below to find out how this route differs from our two QTS courses, and what Early Years Teacher Status could mean for you! 

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For more details about EYITT, visit the Best Practice Network website