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Redborne Upper School

Redborne Upper School

& Community College

Initial Teacher Training

Local opportunities to train to become a teacher (both Primary and Secondary teaching)

Redborne Upper School is a Lead Partner for initial teacher education (ITE). We are able to offer the right candidates a very local opportunity to train to teach via our postgraduate courses which we offer in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire. The courses are based on the skills schools are looking for in early career teachers (ECT) and last for one year full-time, or two years part-time resulting in qualified teacher status (QTS), the award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and 60 Master’s-level credits.

We have a well-established programme for those training to teach in secondary schools and we also have a programme in place for those who wish to train to teach in the primary phase with placements offered in our own pyramid of schools in Flitwick, Ampthill and Maulden.

  • Primary
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • History
  • Physical Education
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design

Are you interested? Do you meet our entry requirements?

Entry Requirements:

GCSE grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science (science for primary only).

Possess, or be working towards achieving a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree.

Preferably (but not essential) applicants will have completed a school experience visit prior to application or have a school experience visit planned.

You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you will not be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.  During your placements you will be in school Monday – Thursday and spend Fridays at the University of Bedfordshire (Bedford campus) following the PGCE curriculum for your phase/subject.

There is a tuition fee of £9,250; student finance can be accessed to pay this sum. Secondary subjects may be entitled to a DFE bursary.

Connolly Foundation Bursary

A Connolly Foundation bursary of £1000 will be available for any trainee who is accepted onto our Redborne ITE programme. A further £1000 ECT bursary will be granted to the trainee following successful completion of the Redborne ITE programme and also securing a first teaching post in a Bedfordshire school (Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough).

Do you want to find out more?

Please contact Jon Gunn on to register your initial interest. 

Applications must be made online at the following address and applicants must select Redborne Upper School and Community College as the training provider

All offers of a place are “conditional” until Disclosure and Barring checks have been successfully completed; qualification checks and satisfactory references have been received.  Our partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Contact Us

Flitwick Road, Ampthill,
MK45 2NU

01525 404462