About the course
Aspire develops and nurtures reflective, creative and confident classroom teachers.
The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.
This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’. You will spend four days each week in your host school learning alongside an experienced class teacher. The fifth day is dedicated to high-quality professional training that immerses you in the theory and practice of primary teaching. Over the year, the majority of these training days take place at Overton CE Primary or one of the Alliance’s partner schools. Approximately thirteen training days across the year are delivered at the University of Winchester where trainees have full access to the University resources, support, tutors and online learning platform.
You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.
The four assignments to be completed over the course of the year are directly related to your teaching practice and the weekly professional training days.
Our mentors are experienced teachers, who undertake rigorous professional development to ensure they can fully support, coach and mentor. By the end of the programme, you will be expected to have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the Teaching Standards.
In addition to a main placement in a host school, you will undertake a second school experience in a different Aspire partner school for 6 weeks.
Our vision and passion is to provide you with an enriched experience within our Alliance. This combined with an outstanding University provider will nurture you to become a successful 21st-century teacher.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
"Learning on the job and seeing teachers in action...having the opportunities to try and try again. Taking risks in our teaching and having supportive class mentors who feedback straight away with new strategies and assurance." School Direct Trainee.
If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher.
The interview day consists of:
- a written task to determine the standard of your written English;
- an observation of you taking a short session with a small group of children; and
- an individual interview with Head teachers from partnership schools and a representative from the University.
Information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the School Direct route into teaching, the Alliance and the University.
How school placements work
If you are successful in securing a place on the course, you will then be allocated a main host school.
Aspire currently has seventeen partner schools in the Basingstoke and Deane borough. They are a mixture of all-through primary, infant and junior schools. The majority of the schools are in Basingstoke itself along with schools to the north in Tadley (approximately eight miles from central Basingstoke). Overton CE Primary (lead school) is nine miles from Basingstoke.
In selecting host schools, careful consideration is given to your home address and likely journey times in addition to any prior experience you have of particular year groups/ages in schools.
You will also be assigned to a particular class where you will complete the majority of your training. Your class will either be in Key Stage 1 (infant: ages 5-7) or Key Stage 2 (junior: ages 7-11).
Each school takes responsibility for tailoring the training to meet your needs. You will be released from your school one day a week for your professional training.
Your teacher mentor will complete weekly observations of your teaching and provide developmental feedback, targets and support. You will also be observed and supported throughout the year by the teacher training coordinator and your university tutor.
You will also undertake a second school experience of 6 weeks after Christmas in another partner school which will be in a different age range to your main placement (5-7 or 7-11).
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The tuition fees for September 2019 entry are £9,250 for UK, EU and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) students, however the tuition fee for students outside the EU are yet to be confirmed for 2019 entry.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the autumn for confirmation of the fee.
The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or 4 or above; and passes in the Department for Education (DfE) skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.
We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application.
Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
We are looking for trainee teachers who are passionate about making a difference and who can show initiative and resilience when working under pressure.
If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check.
If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited.
You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach.
The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
About the training provider
"It's a great way to learn and you're part of a team straight away."
School Direct Trainee
100% of the trainees who have completed Aspire’s innovative school-based training programme have secured employment. Our School Direct programme is designed in partnership with the University of Winchester and carries the award of both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).
The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Aspire and the University work in partnership to help you reach your full potential.
Overton CE Primary School is the lead school of Aspire Teaching Alliance and has been judged outstanding in two consecutive Ofsted inspections and was designated a National Teaching School in 2014.
Our partner schools share a long-term commitment and proven track record in developing and supporting the next generation of teachers.
Aspire’s training programme is informed by the latest research and compliments and deepens the training delivered at the University of Winchester. Specialist and National Leaders of Education along with expert practitioners deliver bespoke, relevant and practical training at the Alliance partner schools.
"Training within the Alliance on a Friday meant I could implement things straight away on the following Monday and improve my practice." School Direct Trainee
About the accredited body
The University of Winchester offers you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires, in a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train.
The city of Winchester has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture, and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential.
In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills.
If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
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