Committed to excellent standards of teaching in partnership with a variety of local and national organisations contributing towards system-wide improvement.

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About The Chiltern Training Group

A full range of PGCE curriculum subjects are offered across the 11-16 age group (14-19 for Business studies) as well as Primary QTS age group 5-11, and 3-7 Early Years.



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

Our background and experience

Chiltern Training Group was formed in 1993 by Challney High School for Boys, it is a consortium of approximately 120 primary, secondary and special schools in Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. It was the first SCITT to operate in England and is very proud of all achievements over the years, which include training over 1300 trainees.

CTG’s central team is based at Challney High School for Boys which is a designated Teaching School, and is part of Chiltern Learning Trust who have 15 high performing schools.  All CLT schools prioritise CTG as their preferred provider for Initial Teacher Training, and CTG has access to many schools across the town and county to ensure excellent school placements are at the heart of your teacher training journey.

Our Vision…


Reasons to train with CTG

CTG has a long heritage of training teachers and we are pioneers of school centred initial teacher training. We give personalised training with strong support from experienced mentors. Our central team coordinates the work of school based learning 

Our training programmes have been judged by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ on two consecutive occasions and graded 1 across all areas in February 2014.

Our courses are bespoke to your needs and all trainees will have the best opportunities to develop to their full potential.  There is an excellent curriculum of learning in place that ensures you get the highest quality of learning experiences and breadth of learning which includes:

  • Based in school for 4 days - immersed in school life and learn everything about teaching
  • High quality school placements
  • Clear weekly learning theme
  • Reading and research, linked to the weekly learning theme
  • Excellent subject knowledge training, linked to the most current practices and research
  • Highly skilled mentors who work seamlessly with the training curriculum
  • Workload reducing assessment procedures
  • Cutting edge practices taught by the best teachers in the field
  • Exemplary communication, always noted as a strength
  • Central team who are highly skilled and care about your learning every step of the way
  • Broader experiences such as visiting Whipsnade Zoo to learn how to plan a trip and visit and visiting Luton Town Football Stadium to learn their outreach programme for schools
  • We are in the top 20% of providers across England for trainee employment, with 90-100% employment

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
  • Denbigh High School - Lead school
  • Lark Rise Academy - Lead school
  • Chantry Primary School - Lead school
  • Hillborough Primary School - Lead school
  • All CLT schools
  • All schools who facilitate school placements