As an Employer-Provider the Aspirations Learning Institute is best placed to provide training for colleagues within the trust. Our apprenticeships are tailored to the needs of the academies within the Trust and underpinned by its values and guiding principles.

Take a look at our current offer; we hope you’ll find an apprenticeship to suit your needs, whether you are looking to undertake an apprenticeship yourself, or facilitate training for a member of staff.


Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship

Access to the Apprenticeship Levy makes it easy for primary and secondary schools to train existing Teaching Assistants, cover supervisors and others with some classroom experience, as teachers. Learners undertake the course while employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Course content includes academic theory along with classroom practice in an Aspirations Academy setting.

Who Should Apply?

This apprenticeship is ideal for the widest range of suitably qualified candidates, including Teaching Assistants in schools, graduates employed as unqualified teachers in supervisory or other roles in schools, and other, degree-qualified non-teaching employees in schools who wish to undertake Initial Teacher Training. All may now achieve QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

How is the Course Delivered?

Hybrid delivery means a mix of online study with academic assignments, along with classroom practice and face-to-face mentoring. Candidates will continue to work in their school, making for the most efficient teaching and learning. The course is typically 12 months’ duration.

What are the Benefits to Schools?

There are many benefits to schools which take this route to train their teachers. There is a clear cost efficiency benefit but there are also benefits in attracting and recruiting graduates, as well as in training staff identified as having potential and aptitude, in a way closely tailored to the school’s requirements.

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Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Quite literally the qualification for Teachers with Aspirations! The course is open to any teacher currently working as a member of a senior leadership team, or who has associate access to the senior leadership team.

Why Apply?

Equivalent to a Master’s degree, this work-based programme supports individuals as they build leadership competencies, with a focus on workplace performance. The course explores a range of leadership styles through which learners develop an understanding of effective leadership models and their practical application through real-world examples, case studies, activities and discussion.

Learners on this apprenticeship will graduate with a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship alongside a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

How is the Course Delivered?

Tailored to the needs of the candidate and their academy, the course is typically delivered over two years via a mix of face-to-face mentoring sessions with an Apprenticeship Coach from within the Trust, and online learning, including academic assignments.

Participants remain in paid employment for the duration of the apprenticeship and receive on the job training and support to prepare for the End Point Assessment.

What is the End Point Assessment?

End Point Assessment (EPA) will be an external process with two parts. First, this will be assessed by formative assessments which will contribute to a summative portfolio. The portfolio will be the subject of an hour long professional discussion. Second, an improvement plan will be actioned and discussed at EPA.

What are the Benefits to Schools?

Extending beyond the individual, the programme also explores the importance of culture, collaboration and high-performing teams. Collectively, this will provide the foundation for strategic thinking and planning, enabling participants to apply their learning to their own role within their school and the Trust.
It is expected that all staff seeking senior leadership roles within the Trust will undertake this qualification.

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Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship

Develop a coaching toolkit and a new perspective on workplace teams in a programme which focuses on the philosophies of coaching, coaching activities, and advanced listening and questioning techniques.

Who should Apply?

This course is open to any member of staff with any level of managerial responsibility or who would like to effectively coach or mentor other staff members. This apprenticeship will enable you to work with a wide range of individuals and teams across organisations, to engage with and empower them to enhance their professional performance. It would be particularly useful for those involved in appraisal or NQT and ECT mentoring.

How is the Course Delivered and Assessed?

Participants remain in paid employment for the duration of the course which would typically be 18 months. During that time the candidate would be required to prepare a Portfolio of Evidence for End Point Assessment, undertake a knowledge test and complete an Observation of Coaching Practice along with a Q&A session.

What are the Benefits to Schools?

Having team members with high level coaching skills will allow academies and the wider Trust to better develop and support our staff and enhance professional performance.

It is anticipated that all eligible staff will undertake this qualification.

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Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Develop classroom practice and learn valuable skills in a fully funded course structured to train Teaching Assistants to take their place confidently in the class.

Who Should Apply?

The programme is aimed at teaching assistants who are new to the role or those who are already working as a TA and are interested in developing their skills and confidence.

All applicants should have English and Maths GCSE qualifications at Grace C/4 (or Functional Skills Level 2 in both subjects) and be employed in an Aspirations primary or secondary school.

How is the Course Delivered and Assessed?

This apprenticeship is delivered using a blend of online and face-to-face training with additional support from an experienced tutor from within the Trust.
20% of the working week will be dedicated to off-the-job training, which includes study, theory and tasks delivered online.

Over the course of the apprenticeship (typically 18 months) training will cover topics such as safeguarding, supporting behaviour for learning, planning for intervention and supporting pupils with SEND and EAL.

At the end of the course candidates will have a period of three months to complete the End Point Assessment.

What are the Benefits to Schools?

All Aspirations academies should aim to have all Teaching Assistants enrolled for the L3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship if they do not already have a Level 3 qualification.

It is an ambition of the Aspirations Learning Institute that Teaching Assistants with Level 3 apprenticeship qualifications will further develop their skills and qualifications within the Trust. The opportunity to advance career progression at no cost to the candidate is a benefit which may help recruitment and retention as well as contributing to general improvements in school performance.

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