Has Your ITT Application Been Unsuccessful? Find Out What to Do Next..


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If your initial teacher training application has failed, don’t worry. Aspire People is here to help and advise you. We’ve put together a quick 2 minute blog to put you mind at ease on how to take the next step to get onto a teaching qualification.

You now have a year to gain vital teaching experience for your next application. A lot of teachers have not been accepted with their first application onto an ITT but still go on to become qualified teachers.

One of the main reasons students don’t get accepted onto ITT courses is because of a lack of teaching experience. At Aspire People we can help you with gaining teaching experience. You can work as a cover supervisor (unqualified teacher) in schools across the Midlands.

What Is a Cover Supervisor’s Role?

A cover supervisor is an unqualified teacher who covers a lesson and supervises the class. All lessons are already planned for you by the teacher, all you need to do is follow the lesson plan and ensure the pupils are on track.

As a cover supervisor you will get paid, whilst gaining crucial experience to help you apply for your initial teacher training course.

How Could Aspire People Help You?

Aspire People have worked with a lot of students that have just recently graduated and are interested in becoming a qualified teacher but might not have the experience to get onto a course.

We regularly attend university events across the Midlands and help graduates take that next step in becoming a qualified teacher. This means Aspire People are dedicated to helping you take your career to the next level. We take pride in supporting Cover Supervisors and developing their careers.

How Aspire People Helped Vincent, a Cover Supervisor Who Became a Teacher.

Vincent first came to Aspire People with a few weeks experience working in schools but a huge enthusiasm for becoming a teacher. He started his career in business, having owned his own company. He always wanted to go in to teaching but as he was later on in his career wasn’t sure how. By chance he responded to one of Aspire People’s adverts about professionals in other industries moving in to teaching. Vincent was employed because of his infectious and tenacious personality, which his consultant knew would be perfect in schools.

He worked as a Cover Supervisor for a year doing full time day-to-day supply in schools local to where he lived. Vincent did so well that he was offered a longer term assignment for a few terms in a school. The following year he approached Aspire People about doing his initial teacher training. His consultant encouraged and support Vincent through his application, even offering a reference on letter headed paper.

After qualifying he came back to Aspire People for work and we managed to place him in a school where he could start his induction year. Now Vincent is a fully qualified teacher working in a challenging school in Birmingham.

He says: “Having started as a cover supervisor, Aspire People actively encouraged me to qualify as a teacher and advised me which course to choose.  After gaining my PGCE, I had no hesitation in working with them again as I knew there would be regular work and I would be treated professionally. Over the last three years I have been made to feel part of the team and have always felt supported through any difficult times I have had whilst working in education.”

What’s Next to Help You Become a Qualified Teacher?

If you are interested in taking that next step on becoming a qualified teacher take a look at our information on teaching routes which will help to guide you through the next stages in this process.

At the end of your training as a cover supervisor if you wish to continue working with Aspire People we can help to place you into longer term roles in schools local to you. If you are interested in finding out more contact us today to talk to a local consultant to you who can help to guide you through the process.

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