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Training with The Chiltern Training Group

The experienced, dedicated and friendly team at CTG will support you in the application process and throughout your training.

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Our courses run for 38 weeks and consist of three interrelated modules which are designed to intellectually challenge and engage trainees in pedagogic theory and practice.

Assessment is undertaken on an on-going basis through performance during school experience and through academic coursework.

Course Structure and Strands

Our Initial Teacher Training curriculum is delivered through a themed approach incorporating our classroom practice, professional practice, subject practice and PGCE academic training which seeks to blend different contexts of training to equip trainees with the development skills to explore ideas and look to provide high impact learning within the classroom and beyond.

Each week there is a clear theme that all learning will pivot from:

THEORY: LEARN THAT within and/or beyond the classroom you know/can...

LEARN HOW TO: Development areas based on PRACTICAL APPLICATION within the classroom (or related to the classroom)

Central Training

Subject Knowledge Sessions


School practice training

Sessions on areas for learning which will impact directly on your classroom practice – based on the ‘learn to’ and ‘learn that’ areas in the ITT Core Content Framework.

Subject specific learning, closing gaps in your subject audit, bespoke approach to your training and delivery based upon what you need to learn

Sessions on how to write successfully, to level 7 standard.


Reading and research to enhance understanding of educational theory and application into practice

Learn to teach within school settings, guided by your mentor and through careful target setting and planned teaching experiences.


In school training equals 80% of your learning experience.

Course Strand: Classroom Practice

Central Training sessions

A classroom practice focus will form part of your central training where we will take you through aspects of classroom focused learning that will impact on your practical delivery in school.  You will learn how to implement schemes of work and lesson plans through developing an array of excellent classroom delivery techniques, that will in turn ensure there is impact on pupil progress and achievement.

In School

The majority of your learning will be through practical observation and application in school settings.  You will be placed in a base school and will complete a second placement within a contrasting school. 

You have to spend a minimum of 120 days (24 weeks) being trained in school to demonstrate you have met all the teacher standards in order to gain QTS.

This process is guided and supported effectively by a mentor who is responsible for supporting and guiding your development of the Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course Strand: Professional Practice

These are centrally delivered training sessions where professional aspects to teaching are taught, such as the art of teaching, teaching techniques and strategies which would be classed as pedagogy.   Sessions are led by excellent and proven staff from partner schools and a variety of other education experts and will provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education research and debate and foster a whole school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher.

The format includes workshops, seminars, practice sessions, learning through case studies and lectures. Trainees’ active participation and collaboration are encouraged. Some sessions will have pre-session tasks that need to be done prior to the session and will require information to be brought to the session. This could be observational notes, examples of own teaching plans and experiences or through discussion with specific members of staff at base schools. Most of the sessions will be run in the primary and secondary age phase cohorts but some will be completed together to enable deeper pedagogical understanding.  There will be joint CTG Training Days (Professional Development Days - PDD) when Primary and Secondary Trainees will have joint delivery on content that applies cross phase / pupil age. 

Course Strand: Subject Practice

These are centrally delivered training sessions and will focus on learning how to teach subject content to pupils and to improve their subject knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. A major focus will be familiarisation with the national curriculum and curriculum specifications within all year groups. This will be delivered in combination with opportunities to develop and learn teaching skills specific to different subjects.

Sessions are led by expert practitioners and take into account current initiatives and curriculum developments. The format includes workshops, seminars, shared practice, learning through case studies and practical work. The sessions will include looking at what children are learning in real time within schools.

These sessions will cover:

  • knowledge and understanding for each age group and part of the NC for the specific subject
  • vocabulary 
  • concepts and skills of the subject
  • intent and design of a curriculum and schemes of sequenced lessons
  • common misconceptions and how to address them
  • assessment techniques
  • exemplar resources and materials
  • guidance and content of the National Curriculum
  • how to plan interesting and motivating lessons
  • how to manage effective classroom environments
  • how to communicate subject knowledge
  • the use ICT to enhance teaching

For secondary: your subject schedule sessions will predominantly take place weekly as a twilight session arranged by your subject co-ordinator.  We encourage Secondary trainees to attend primary subject sessions (Monday) to enhance personal gaps in knowledge, such as phonics delivery and knowing how to close the gap in writing where students have weaknesses.

For Primary: we encourage primary teachers to attend secondary subject sessions where they have identified a gap in their subject knowledge.  



THEORY: LEARN THAT within and/or beyond the classroom you know/can...

LEARN HOW TO: Development areas based on PRACTICAL APPLICATION within the classroom (or related to the classroom)

Central Training

Subject Knowledge Sessions


School practice training

Assessed through reflective practice in the TDR and written commentary of the sequence of learning

Assessed through subject audits competency grading reaching yellow or green and all areas being covered / completed

Assignments are marked at level 7 (see marking scheme in the Academic Handbook)

Lessons are taught well and observations RAYG rating shows development and improvement.  Trainees are awarded yellow and green by the end of the course.


Lesson observation evidence from the TDR is used in the formal assessment point 1 and 2 and is assessed at yellow or green to be awarded QTS

You are formally assessed twice in the year.  All other times you are provided with weekly developmental feedback to help you progress and grow your teaching skills and recognise your strengths.  Your mentor and CTG staff will celebrate your successes and support you to progress into a complete and full teacher.

You gather your assessment material as you progress through the course, with activities set that are manageable to complete.  The year is skilfully structured to enable you to pass the course requirements without any add on tasks.

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