School Direct and Initial Teacher Training

"I feel privileged to have been in the first class of Aspirer teaching students. As an Aspirer  Associate Teacher, I felt supported, encouraged and motivated. The most important and rewarding attribute that I believe the teaching school offers is the personal support, help and advice. They were always there for me. I always felt empowered by them to utilise my training.To this day, I am still in contact with my Mentors, Tutors and fellow Associates and have made life long friends. After completing my training, I was lucky enough to secure a teaching position within the Aspire Multi Academy Trust. The support that was offered through the training school is echoed throughout their academies. I would highly recommend both the training school and also working for the trust." Diane Dene

Why choose School Direct with us?

School Direct is a way of training teachers, which puts schools at the heart of the process.

The Aspirer Teaching Alliance, in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, have designed a programme for the initial training of both Primary and Early Years teachers which is school based. 

You won't be a student; you'll be an Associate Teacher, working in the classroom alongside the teacher in one of our core alliance schools, taking on the role of a class teacher from the start.

Successful completion of the course will award you a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Credits.                                                  

You will:

  • spend the entire year learning how to teach in a real classroom;
  • work towards being an outstanding teacher; 
  • have experience of working in two contrasting schools and key stages over the course of the year;
  • be mentored by your Learning Coach, who will be an experienced, expert and outstanding teacher;
  • have a good expectation of employment in an Alliance school at the end of the course;
  • follow a rigorous but rewarding programme of professional development;
  • have lots of opportunity to collaborate with other Associate Teachers.

To apply please click HERE and type in Aspirer School Direct as the provider.  Applications will open in October 2017.   Click on "Recruitment and Selection" on this page for lots of helpful information that you will need before you apply.

For more information, to arrange a chat, visit one of the schools or arrange some school experience before applying, please contact Mark Avis (Aspirer School Direct Programme Lead) on markavis@aet.cheshire.sch.uk or telephone 01625 383075.