The Aspirational Teachers Programme

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The Aspirational Teachers Programme 

The Aspirational Teachers Programme will provide training and placements for a total of 30 Exeter undergraduate students with a passion for teaching from the Penryn campus with a passion for teaching in selected secondary schools in the local area.

This programme is run in association with the Graduate School of Education and Student Recruitment Office.

[PLEASE NOTE: The ATP programme is no longer available on the Streatham Campus and students interested in pursuing a career in teaching are encouraged to apply for the Learning for Teaching: School Experience module. Further details can be found at:]

Students on the programme will: 

  • Deliver an enterprise activity for pupils in the participating school and provide additional support for teachers in the classroom
  • Gain practical experience and develop teaching skills which will prove invaluable for applying for PGCE programmes
  • Motivate pupils and help them acquire enterprise skills, and assist in their personal development
  • Present positive role-models for pupils wishing to pursue their studies in Higher Education

Students will be allocated a school in the local area and travel expenses will be subsidised.

All participating students in the programme will undergo a rigorous selection process. Successful applicants will be required to attend a training and preparation event in March. 

Applicants will be checked by the DBS (formerly known as CRB) at the expense of the University and any student who fails to complete the programme, without good cause, will be required to reimburse the University with the DBS cost. Only those students who have a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and who are best at demonstrating the key competencies in the application form will be offered a place on the programme. 

The school placement is for one week at the beginning of June. Please ensure you will be able to attend all 5 days before applying for the programme.

How to apply:

Applications will open on Monday 9th December 2013 and close on Monday 27th January 2014. Apply online here:

For guidance on completing the application form, visit the University webpage and request a review of your application at the Career Zone.

If you have any enquiries about the programme or about the application, please email via:



Previous participants talk about their experience of the University of Exeter's Aspirational Teachers Programme.

Sarah Reeves

Joshua Clarke

Chris Davey

Bethany Partridge

Victoria Sincock

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