Start your career in teaching with Aspirations

  • Strong, innovative curriculum for young people
  • Secure, happy, well-run schools
  • Caring, supportive trainers and mentors to help you
  • Guaranteed job interview for trainees

Our purpose is to reinvent education for the 21st century. To use technology and modern pedagogies to give children from 2 to 18 the knowledge, skills and mindsets to achieve excellence in a fast-changing world. At Aspirations Academies, we provide a challenging, engaging and supportive environment to bring out the best in every child – and to bring out the best in you.

We have primary and secondary schools in West London, Oxfordshire and Dorset/Bournemouth ready to help you become a teacher.


Plymouth Marjon University

We are proud to partner with Plymouth Marjon University. Marjon is student-centred, making a difference to individuals and society. It empowers people to be the best they can be and nurture self-belief, independence and well-being in its students. Marjon is highly rated – top 2 amongst universities in England for Student Satisfaction (2024), and number 1 for Social Inclusion (2023)


The courses

We offer two courses:

PGCE trainee – one year leading to Qualified Teacher Status in primary or secondary phase (check secondary subjects online [link]). Use a student loan for this course. This is most suitable if you currently have a small amount of school experience.

Teacher apprenticeship – one year leading to Qualified Teacher Status in primary or secondary and teacher apprenticeship. This course requires you to be employed as an unqualified teacher in an Aspirations school so it is intended for those with more experience – contact us for details. You will pay no fee for this course.


About you

To apply for these courses you need to have a relevant degree 2.2 or above, GCSE passes at grade 4/C in English, Mathematics and (primary only) a science subject.

You will be joining a progressive, successful schools trust which believes that there is no limit for our children – so we will expect to see a similar vision in you.


Not ready yet?

If you have the passion to be a teacher with us, but don’t have a degree, are missing a GCSE or have not had enough school experience, contact us anyway. We would love to help you get to where you want to go.

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