Training – GUTP

Have you ever thought of a career in teaching?

The Grand Union Training Partnership has been training high quality teachers for local schools since 1997. We have a purpose built training centre at Sponne School and offer a practical, full time teacher training course in Business Studies, English, Geography, History, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, PE, Primary (General), Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science.

Working closely with our Lead School, Sponne, we are made up of a consortium of local schools Magdalen, Campion, Guilsborough, Shenley Brooke End, Elizabeth Woodville School North and South, Moulton, Hazeley, Abbeyfield and Caroline Chisholm. Over the last ten years, 80% of our Associate Teachers have gone on to work in local schools. Ofsted noted in 2013 ‘The exceptional employment rates reflect the high regard in which the trainees and training are held by local schools…Many go on to gain roles of responsibility within the SCITT partnership as mentors, subject leaders or managers.’ and that there is a ‘well-established partnership of good and outstanding schools that are committed to ensuring trainees enter the profession as good or better teachers’.

Our trainees spend most of the year in one or other of our partnership schools where they involve themselves fully in school life. They also gain experience during their main teaching practice at another of our partnership schools.

Tax free bursaries are available at varying rates depending upon your degree classification and the subject you are training to teach. Other financial assistance should also be available.

Contact us now if you are interested in training to teach starting September 2018. To be eligible, you must have Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above (and Science for Primary only) and be expected to graduate with a classification of 2:2 or above in a subject relevant to the one you wish to train to teach.

To obtain more information about our course and how to apply please email Tracey Oakley at, telephone us on 01327 350284 ext 253 or go to our website at