Aspire Academy Trust

How to Apply

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Applications are made through the DfE's Apply Service.

Important dates:

  • 4th October 2022, 9am – candidates can view courses and start their application for 23/24 courses (but not submit).
  • 11th October 2022, 9am – candidates can apply for 23/24 courses.

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.

Find full course information here or come along to one of our information briefings to find out more. 

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  • A first degree from a UK Higher Education institution of a 2:2 or above (achieved or pending), or an equivalent qualification.  
  • GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade C or 4 or higher. Candidates without the required GCSEs are advised to complete equivalency tests prior to application – www.equivalencytesting.com or www.3atutors.co.uk.

School experience is not an entry requirement, however, we strongly recommend this as a way of helping to confirm your chosen career. If you would like help in gaining school experience, we have some opportunities available in our schools.

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 an interview is met.

The work history section of the application must be comprehensive, detailing all work history, including all employed or voluntary roles (whether school-based or not) from your whole adult life. All gaps in between roles must be accounted for, so make sure this is clearly explained.

Incomplete or incorrect applications will delay shortlisting, or may mean that an application is not shortlisted at all - so attention to detail is key. Make sure you check spelling, punctuation and grammar, too!

Interview Process

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

  • Applicants will be observed working with a group of children, following a brief supplied in advance of the day. We will be looking to see that thought has been given to the activity and how candidates communicate and build relationships.
  • 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 skills or experience they can bring.

Where possible, shortlisted candidates who apply to Aspire Academy Trust and directly to Cornwall SCITT’s own courses will be invited to one interview date for both course applications.