About the course
Training with Aspire Teaching Trust begins in September at the start of the academic year, running right through to July at the end of the summer term. The structure of the course comprises 30 weeks spent in at least two Aspire academies, along with 11 weeks of centre-based training with Cornwall SCITT at their training centre at Heartlands. This time spent in school and centre-based training is spread throughout the year to maximise training and development.
While based in school, you will work alongside experienced Aspire class teachers, leaders and practitioners, completing a range of course-related tasks, leading group work and teaching practice. You will gain intensive, hands-on practical experience of working with children, classroom management and working in the school environment. Teaching practice is observed by the class teacher, with high-quality feedback, support and advice given as appropriate. Course tutors will also observe teaching practice during the course of the year.
You will have dedicated 2-hour high-quality mentoring sessions each week in school with their Aspire school-based trainer (their class teacher), as well as having access to a mentor through Cornwall SCITT. We believe you can reach your full potential with the best mentoring support, so we train and support our Aspire mentors to give you the best support.
The centre based training sessions cover a range of themes including specific subject content, methods of teaching and learning, planning and resourcing. This is delivered by a number of specialists including education consultants, teachers, headteachers and course tutors. Some of Aspire Teaching Trust’s Specialist Leaders of Education deliver elements such as Maths and ICT, as well as giving you the opportunity to observe lessons in practice in our academies. A small number of the centre-based sessions will take place in key training settings such as outdoor education centres.
The course follows the Primary School Direct Unsalaried route, with the option to specialise in the early years age 3-7 or general primary age 5-11 routes. Both will qualify to teach either phase. You will complete a set of termly tasks, written assignments and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate meeting the Teaching Standards.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status. You also have the option of completing a PGCE which may be a consideration if you wish to teach in other parts of the world in the future.
If your application meets the required standard, you will be invited to a selection day. You will be asked to plan, prepare and deliver a 20-minute activity with a small group of children. This will be observed by members of the panel, who will be looking to see the structure of the activity and the rapport built with the children. We’re not looking for the finished article at this point, but the potential for candidates to become teachers.
Following the observed activity, you will complete a written task where the standard of English will be assessed.
The third and final part of the selection process is the formal interview, where you will be asked a set of questions by the panel. The panel usually consists of colleagues from Cornwall SCITT, Aspire Teaching Trust and a teacher or Head of School.
If successful at interview and a place on the course is offered, you must complete the Professional Skills Tests within 8 weeks of accepting the place. These tests – one for literacy and one for numeracy – are a requirement of all initial teacher training programmes, and a set by the Department for Education. Practice tests and support guides are available to help you prepare.
There is no limit to the number of times these tests can be sat before achieving a pass, with the first three attempts for each test free of charge.
In Cornwall our nearest test centres are Truro and Plymouth.
How school placements work
School placements are arranged to give you the best training experience. We will look at the availability and capacity of our academies to ensure that you are given the best support and opportunities. We want to ensure the placement schools and trainees are the right fit for each other.
We will look at the travel distance between your home address and school, to keep travel time to under 30 minutes where possible.
The age ranges of placements will depend on which age group you choose to specialise in. For those opting for early years, the first and third terms will be spent in a Foundation Stage class (usually but not always at the same school), with the second term in a Key Stage One at a different school. Those choosing the general primary route will spend the first term in Key Stage One, followed by the second and third terms in Key Stage Two (one will be upper and one lower, usually in different academies).
Aspire Teaching Trust, which is part of Aspire Academy Trust, has over 25 schools of varying sizes, and we are continuing to grow. Trainees will be placed in at least two different schools during the course, as directed by the ITT standards.
Trainees will spend a total of 30 weeks in school and 11 weeks with Cornwall SCITT for centre-based training, which is all spread throughout the year to give the best training and development experience.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A first degree of a UK Higher Education Institution, which must be a 2:2 or above (achieved or pending).
At the time of application, you must have already achieved GCSE or O-Level Maths, English and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications). From Summer 2017 the grades required under the new GCSE are 4-9.
To begin the initial teacher training course, you must have completed the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests, more information can be found online.
We are looking for trainees who have the potential to be fantastic teachers. We would like to work with those who are passionate about teaching, learning and giving all children the best education experience. We are looking for creativity, enthusiasm and an energy to spark children’s interest and thirst for knowledge and learning to achieve their full potential.
We’d love to hear about your experience with children and how you can be resourceful, build relationships with others (both colleagues and children) and what you can bring to teaching.
All trainees will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS.
We strongly recommend that you have undertaken employment or relevant work experience to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and practice, sharing this with us in your application and interview.
We’d also be really interested to hear about any other experience, qualifications or training that you think would be relevant in your application to train to teach.
About the training provider
Aspire Teaching Trust offers you a unique opportunity to train in a modern and forward-thinking Multi-Academy Trust of over 25 primary schools across Cornwall. Each of our academies is unique, giving access to a broad selection of schools of different sizes, demographics and geographical areas to strengthen and enrich the training experience.
Training with us gives you greater flexibility, unique opportunities and benefits including:
- Career prospects. Training with us is the start of an Aspire career. Where vacancies are available, if our trainees pass the training year and achieve Qualified Teacher Status, we will seek to place them as NQTs in our Aspire schools, taking away the stress of applying for jobs and interviews whilst training.
- A 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.
You will have high-quality training, development and support from Aspire Teaching Trust, right from day one. Our aim is to produce outstanding system leaders of the future; with multiple career opportunities and specialisms available within our Trust, we recognise talent for the future.
About the accredited body
Cornwall SCITT are our carefully chosen training partner who deliver the centre-based training, equating to around 25% of the course time. This takes the form of the School Direct Unsalaried route of initial teacher training, with the optional addition to also complete a PGCE alongside. This may be a consideration for those who would prefer to train via practical, hands-on, school-based training, but may also which to achieve a PGCE qualification.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Aspire Teaching Trust are a fully inclusive initial teacher training provider, as are our carefully selected accrediting providers, Cornwall SCITT.
All of our academies are fully committed to supporting those with disabilities, making reasonable adjustments where appropriate for specific disability needs.
The Cornwall SCITT venue where the centre-based training elements of the course take place is fully accessible.
Appropriate support will be available for trainees with additional learning needs from tutors and mentors.
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