Aspirations Teaching School Academy

The Aspirations Framework – A tool for school improvement

All Aspirations Academies use the Aspirations Framework as a central feature of their operation.

The Philosophy

Aspirations is the ability to dream about the future, while being inspired in the present to reach those dreams.

The Aspirations Framework:

As educators and policy makers strive for all students to reach their academic promise, they must ask: How can students meet high academic standards if they don’t believe in their ability to do so? How can they learn if they aren’t academically engaged? How can they set and reach academic goals if they don’t see the purpose in doing so?

If students are to enjoy academic, social, physical, and personal success, they must believe in themselves, be actively engaged in their learning, and see the connection between what they learn today and who they want to become tomorrow. When these experiences are absent, aspirations flounder and achievement declines.

The Aspirations Academies Trust is committed to helping schools foster student aspirations so that all students reach their fullest potential. The Aspirations Framework provides an outline, based on three Guiding Principles and 8 Conditions that Make a Difference, for fostering students’ aspirations.

The Aspirations Academies Trust believe that for students to have high aspirations, three Guiding Principles must be present: Self-Worth, Engagement, and Purpose. The Guiding Principles, in turn, are lived out through the 8 Conditions that emphasise relationships, active and engaging teaching and learning, and a sense of responsibility over one’s own aims and goals. The 8 Conditions are: Belonging, Heroes, Sense of Accomplishment, Fun & Excitement, Curiosity & Creativity, Spirit of Adventure, Leadership & Responsibility, and Confidence to Take Action. The 8 Conditions make a difference because they help schools put into practice the three principles that guide aspirations work.

The Aspirations Framework provides educators with a practical model that can be used to guide the development of educational experiences, from the individual classroom to the entire school building. If school curriculum, activities, and lessons support each of the Guiding Principles, students will be more likely to achieve academic, personal, physical, and social success.

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The Aspirations Framework – Training and support

The Aspirations Teaching School Alliance provides training and on-going support in making full use of the Aspirations Framework as a tool for school improvement. The Aspirations Framework is suitable to primary and secondary phase schools. There are a number of possible options to utilise the Aspirations Framework:

Aspirations Training (4 x 2 hours) = £3,000. This provides an outline to the use of the Aspirations Framework as a tool for school improvement. It is designed for the senior and middle leaders.

Support with the use and analysis of the ‘School Voice’ and ‘IKnow my class’ surveys. (1 day plus use of the surveys from QISA) = £2,500 for secondary schools, £1,500 for primary schools.

Aspirations Launch for all staff (1 hour) = £750. This is a whole staff session to introduce the concept of the Aspirations Framework.

Additional bespoke on-going support is also available.