We are holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 24th April 2019 in our Training Centre here at Sponne School (NN12 6DJ). The evening will start at 5pm with an informative presentation after which you can meet some of the team and talk through any questions you may have. If you would like to attend, please email Tracey Oakley at gutprecruitment@sponne.org.uk with details of the subject you would like to train to teach and your mobile phone number.


We have just been advised that we are one of the top 25% ITT Providers in the country and have been awarded multiple-year allocations for teacher training places on our PGCE course!! 

We have been training graduates to become teachers for over 20 years and are very proud of the service we offer and we recognise the importance of strong, well trained teachers. To have our work recognised by the Government by categorising us as being in the top 60 of the UK ITT providers is an honour we are very proud to have achieved. 

In addition to this we have great news about our course tuition fees! 

It has been agreed by the Government that all ITT providers can increase their fees for 2019-20 to £9,250. However, we have made a conscious decision to freeze our tuition fees so they will remain at £9,000 for trainees who start to train with us in September 2019.

We will, of course, continue to provide the usual outstanding quality of training for which we are renowned but at a lower cost. 

Train to Teach

Are you trying to get into teaching?

We provide PGCE courses validated by the University of Leicester in:

•    Biology
•    Business Studies
•    Chemistry
•    Computer Studies
•    English
•    Geography
•    History
•    Mathematics
•    Modern Foreign Languages
•    Physics

The Grand Union Teacher Training Partnership is an experienced school-centred initial teacher training consortium with nearly 20 years experience training teachers in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. Working with a close network of  secondary partnership schools, our trainees tend to live in and around Northampton, Brackley, Daventry and Milton Keynes and as such, the scheme is very conscious of its role in training local people for employment in their home area.

‘The well-established partnership of good and outstanding schools that are committed to ensuring trainees enter the profession as good or better teachers.’ – Ofsted 2013

We aim to give trainees, whom we refer to as Associate Teachers, as much practical experience of working in the partnership schools as possible. Each Associate Teacher’s work and programme of study is supervised by a Mentor who will take a close interest in your development as a teacher and colleague. This part of the course is complemented by a general professional studies programme provided in co-operation with The University of Leicester.

‘The collaborative team of expert school-based trainers and managers that supports the development of trainees’ subject knowledge and practical teaching skills well.’ – Ofsted 2013

Our overall aim is to produce reflective professionals who are confident in applying for and starting their first jobs as school teachers. Traditionally, over half of our secondary Associate Teachers take up their first teaching posts in the scheme's partnership schools.

‘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.’ – Ofsted 2013

For further information on "How to Apply" go to "General Information".





The Grand Union Training Partnership,
Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6DJ
Telephone: 01327 350284 ext 253.
Email: gutp@sponne.org.uk