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Aspire Teaching Alliance


Aspire Teaching School Alliance was formed in November 2014. Overton CE Primary School is a National Teaching School and the lead school of the alliance. Aspire’s vision is the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.

We aim to achieve this through:

  •  providing outstanding professional development
  •  nurturing and developing school leaders of the future
  •  utilising research and innovation for school improvement
  •  providing high quality initial teacher training through our School Direct Programme
  •  focused school to school support to build capacity and sustainability
  •  creating a culture of authentic collaboration


Training to become a teacher through School Direct:
What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led teacher training programme. School Direct courses are designed by a group of schools in partnership with a university. A School Direct course lasts a year and you will train in at least two schools.

Why choose School Direct?

This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’, and you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
Why choose Aspire Teaching School Alliance?
Aspire Teaching School Alliance is committed to the recruitment and retention of high quality teachers in order to meet the needs of our locality. We have a strong partnership of schools in North Hampshire and our diverse alliance of schools has been involved in delivering high quality teacher-training for many years. We are now able to offer a route into teaching
through our School Direct Programme which will begin in September 2018. The application process begins in October 2017 through UCAS.
We offer:

  •  innovative training and support to develop resilient and reflective professionals
  •  structured input on pedagogy and effective classroom practice informed by latest research to ensure all pupils make progress
  •  outstanding support network from highly trained mentors and experienced practitioners and tutors
  •  trainee networks & collaborative learning opportunities
  •  the opportunity to teach in a diverse selection of local schools who share a long-term commitment to developing the next generation of      teachers


Below is a list of our School Direct Partner schools:
 Overton CE Primary (Lead Teaching School)
 Ashford Hill Primary School
 Castle Hill Infant School
 Chiltern Primary School
 Great Binfields Primary School
 Kempshott Infant School
 Kings Furlong Junior School
 Longparish CE Primary School
 Manor Field Infant School
 Marnel Junior School
 Merton Junior School
 Oakley CE Junior School
 Old Basing Infant School
 Park View Junior School
 St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
 University of Winchester-Accredited Provider


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Merton Junior School is a School Direct partner in Aspire Teaching School Alliance. The Alliance is currently recruiting trainee teachers for the School Direct Programme 2018-19..

Aspire Teaching Alliance launch poster

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