Training & Development

At Tove Learning Trust we believe in training and developing our own staff and growing our own teachers. We have many training and development opportunities on offer for our current employees, allowing them to expand their knowledge and skill sets.

Sponne School Teaching Hub strategic partner

The training school based on the Sponne School site provides access for our employees to subject specialist network groups and outstanding shared resources.

The training school supports teachers throughout their careers providing excellent guidance and support on the best route into teaching. They have over twenty years of experience, have trained over 500 secondary school teachers and, since 2014, over 50 primary teachers, many who have gone on to be employed in their partnership schools.

The Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme has been supported by the University of Leicester for twenty three years, during which time they have developed a close working relationship, not just for ITT, but also Master level opportunities for post Early Career Teachers.

The training programme is built to develop support staff as well as teaching staff and includes training for;

  • Teaching assistants in the form of the Outstanding Teaching Assistants programme
  • Cover supervisors
  • Networks for Data Managers
  • Early years teaching assistants and training for Site supervisors.

Find out more information about the Teaching School click here.

Grand Union Training Partnership

As a trust we also have access to the Grand Union Teaching Partnership - a school-centred initial teacher training consortium with over twenty years experience.

The GUTP offers:

  • Secondary PGCE courses, validated by The University of Leicester, in Business Studies, English, History, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

  • Practical experience of working in schools

  • A mentor who supervises each Associate Teacher’s work and programme of study, overseeing their development as a teacher and giving important advice and feedback

  • A general professional studies programme provided in cooperation with The University of Leicester


The main aim of the GUTP is to produce professionals who are confident in applying for and starting their first jobs as school teachers. At the end of the course, trainees qualify with Qualified-Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries it with it Master’s Credits (and can be topped up with further modules to equate to a Master’s Degree).

For more information about the Grand Union Training Partnership click here.

Contact Us

Registered Office:
Tove Learning Trust,
c/o Sponne School,
Brackley Road,
Towcester,
Northamptonshire
NN12 6DJ

01327 350284

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Registered Number: 07525820

Registered Number: 07525820