Aspire – Train To Teach

Are you interested in training to become a teacher? We can help!

St Mark’s CofE Primary are excited to be part of the Aspire Teaching Alliance. This is a group of local schools who have formed an alliance to provide high quality, on-the-job training for those wanting to go into primary school teaching. The programme is fully accredited by the University of Winchester, and successful candidates gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as a PCGE.

The Department for Education accredited Overton CE Primary School as a National Teaching School in 2014 and soon after we began to collaborate with them, and other local schools, to form the Aspire Alliance. Benefits of this partnership include our ability to access high quality continued professional development for our staff which ensures the school is forward looking and continually striving for excellence for all the children and staff.

Another aspect to the Alliance’s work is training future primary school teachers.  This September saw the start of our 3rd cohort and although it looks like the group will continue the 100% success rate of those who have gone before.

Find out more at these online sessions:

Virtual Information Sessions via Zoom 
We would love to ‘virtually’ meet you if you are interested in training to become a teacher and want to find out how Aspire can help.
We will be hosting a series of remote sessions that will include:
  • A short opening presentation about Aspire’s School Direct programme and vision
  • Advice on what makes a strong application
  • Opportunities to ask questions
To attend the session and receive your remote link access invite, please email us via
Session Dates/Times
  • Monday 19 October between 8 and 9am
  • Monday 2nd November between 6 and 7pm
  • Tuesday 17th November between 8 and 9am
  • Monday 7th December between 6 and 7pm

School Direct is a one-year teacher training programme for graduates (including career changers) who learn “on the job” in one of the Alliance’s schools.  This will enable us to develop and retain high quality teachers with excellent employment prospects in the local area.

If you think you have a desire to teach, we have just started recruiting potential trainees to our School Direct programme for 2019/2020. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in training to become a teacher and would like more information, please contact Overton Primary School directly or visit You can also speak to Mr Applegate about Apsire.

“My school and mentor have been amazingly supportive and encouraging.”

“It’s a great way to learn and you’re part of a team straight away. There is a great range of training along with strong and consistent support.”

“Training within the Alliance on a Friday meant I could implement things straight away on the following Monday and improve my practice.”