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About The Chiltern Training Group

A full range of PGCE curriculum subjects are offered across the 11-16 age group as well as Primary QTS age group 5-11.

We believe the best place to train teachers effectively in the highly complex art of teaching, is in schools.

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Our background and experience

Chiltern Training Group was formed in 1993 by Challney High School for Boys.  It is a consortium of approximately 50 primary, secondary and special schools in Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. 

The CTG maintains very close links with Luton Local Authority where most of the partnership schools are located. The central team is based at Challney High School for Boys which is a designated Teaching School and featured in Ofsted’s 2009 publication, “Twelve outstanding secondary schools – excelling against the odds”. The team forms part of the Chiltern Teaching School Alliance, which is the training and standards arm of the Chiltern Learning Trust (a Multi-Academy Trust). All CLT schools prioritise CTG as their preferred provider for Initial Teacher Training.

Our Vision…

We believe the best place to train teachers is in schools.”

As a teacher training provider, we believe that:

  1. The best place to train teachers effectively in the highly complex art of teaching is in schools, where deliberate practice enables skills and knowledge to be embedded
  2. Skilled teachers develop their practice over many years, but a high quality of ITT is essential at the start of this process
  3. Involvement in ITT enhances professionalism within schools and their staff and can lead to an improvement in the overall quality of teaching, learning and leadership.

We therefore aim to provide:

  • Outstanding, personalised, high quality training, bespoke to the individual needs of trainees and the educational settings they train in
  • Training facilitated by experts in their subjects and chosen areas
  • Training that creates motivated, inspirational teachers
  • Fantastic mentoring and school-based support
  • A blended learning experience incorporating both theory and practice 
  • ‘Learning on the job’ to build skills and confidence
  • Excellent employment and professional development prospects within the local community and surrounding areas

Our impact will be:

1. Significant on teacher supply through the increased recruitment of high-quality trainees, leading to fewer teacher vacancies

2. The delivery of a coherent program that enables all trainees to strive for excellence in their teaching and leadership of learning

3. To ensure that the quality of provision and placements, for all trainees, are as high as they can be through rigorous quality assurance, and prompt intervention.

4. To enhance the professional learning of CTG staff through engagement of up to date research, mentoring and professional tutor roles, as well as raising the quality of teaching standards within the schools in which we operate.

Through our Partnership schools we have access to an incredible range of different settings.  Trainees work with a network of committed staff with both subject and teaching expertise. To date, CTG has trained over 1750 teachers. The majority have remained in the Luton area and have made rapid progress into Senior Leadership roles. Many of our Alumni are keen to work with us as mentors, subject co-ordinators and professional tutors.

Reasons to train with CTG

CTG has a long heritage of training teachers and we are pioneers of school centred initial teacher training. Our training programmes have been judged by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ on two consecutive occasions and graded 1 across all areas in February 2014.

We give personalised training with strong support from experienced mentors. Our central team coordinates the work of school based professional tutors and leaders.

Key Societies and Subject Associations

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Institute of Physics
  • The Association for Science Education
  • The Primary Science Teaching Trust
  • National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
  • Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
  • National Association for the Teaching of English
  • DATA – Design and Technology Association
  • The Chartered Institute for IT
  • NATRE National Association of Teachers of RE
  • Association for PE
  • MFL (The British Council)
  • Primary Languages Network
  • NAPE – National Association for Primary Education

Our Partners

  • Chiltern Learning Trust
  • Chiltern Teaching School Hub
  • University of Buckingham
  • Challney High School for Boys
  • The Acorn Training Group