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Chiltern Training Group receives high praise from Ofsted

31 March 2014

The Chiltern Training Group (CTG), which was founded in 1993 by our partner school, Challney High School for Boys, has been judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted inspection.

CTG is a partnership of Luton and Bedfordshire high and upper schools and the Luton Sixth Form College and the partnership works together to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), offering Secondary PGCE courses to teach the 11 to 16 age group for most school subjects.

The Ofsted inspection which also took place at Denbigh, evaluated the outcomes for trainees, the quality of training across the partnership, the quality of leadership and management across the partnership and how well the partnership secures consistently high quality outcomes for trainees, found that the Chiltern Training Group was Outstanding in all areas.

The Chiltern Training Group, which has worked closely with Denbigh for many years, was also judged to be Outstanding during its last inspection in April 2009.

On hearing the news of the Ofsted judgement, Dame Yasmin, said:

“I am delighted at this outcome which is very strong evidence of many years of highly successful local partnership working. CTG provides approximately one third of newly qualified teachers for our secondary schools and its school led training is excellent preparation for the teaching profession.”

Chair of the CTG Partnership Board, Daniel Connor, said:

“The Chiltern Training Group’s PGCE is delivered by and through 18 local secondary schools and the Luton sixth form college. This Ofsted judgement is a tremendous reflection of the high quality of the work in all these organisations. Work expertly supported by a central team ensuring consistency and coherence, two of many specific areas praised by the inspectors. The inspectors also commented on the excellent work of the mentors and professional tutors in the schools who work so effectively to ensure newly qualified teachers coming into the profession are well prepared to do a terrific job from day one.”