Aspire Academy Trust

How to Apply

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Applications can only be made through the DfE's Apply Service - we do not accept any other form of application. UCAS is no longer used for ITT applications. 

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.

  • You can search for courses and providers using the DfE's Find Directory here

  • Applications can be made here

Entry Requirements

Close up of girl writing 256468In 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

It is really important that application forms are completed correctly and in full, following the application guidelines so that we can assess whether the standard for interview is met. For example, if academic study was completed within the last 5 years, one of the referees must be an academic tutor.

The work history section of the application must be comprehensive, detailing all work history, including all employed or voluntary school roles, as well as other work from your whole adult life - not just the most recent years. All gaps in between roles must be accounted for.

Incomplete or incorrect applications will delay shortlisting, or may mean that an application is not shortlisted at all - so attention to detail is key.

If an application is successful, candidates are invited to an interview day, when activities may include the following:

  • Applicants will be asked to plan and prepare a short activity for a small group of children prior to interview.

  • Applicants will be observed working with a small group of children, following a brief supplied in advance of the day. We will be looking to see that thought has been given to structure and content, and how candidates communicate and build relationships. But we’re not looking for the finished article at this point!

  • A written task where the standard of English and handwriting are assessed.

  • A formal interview where we will look to see what motivates applicants to pursue a teaching career, and what they know about current issues in the sector.