Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership


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Welcome to The Bedfordshire Schools' Training Partnership

“We are a long established, thriving, school based, teacher training provider working on behalf of local schools. We specialise in offering school centred initial teacher training for both Secondary and Primary trainee teachers”

Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership have been offering secondary phase school based teacher training since 1996 -  we now train between 50 and 60 trainee teachers each year on our PGCE and School Direct training programmes.  The primary training division was opened in 2013 taking it's first cohort of trainees in September 2014.  It is envisaged that between the secondary and primary phase we shall train up to 100 trainees each year, with more than 99% of our Trainees going on to be employed within our partnership schools.

School centred initial teacher training is distinctive for the central role schools play in training prospective teachers. Each school in our partnership acts as a training base and provides experienced and skillful members of staff to act as mentors for the trainees to support their training. Developing Professional Practice sessions are held each week at our Conference facility in BEST House, where our office is also located.

Our PGCE provision is externally validated by the University of Hertfordshire to ensure consistency and quality as well as all of our training courses being subject to scrutiny by OFSTED, the NCTL and external examiners.

" Managers take full account of local needs in their development plans and this contributes to trainees' high employment rates. The partnership makes a significant contribution to the supply of teachers in the local area, including schools that sometimes find it difficult to recruit and schools in challenging circumstances."

"It is the good communication between placement schools, and between the partnership and the employing school, that ensures training over time is effective and never loses momentum."

"Employment rates are consistently high for all groups of trainees."

OFSTED - November 2014