The Cambridge Partnership

The Partnership has a priority target of recruiting and retaining quality teachers to north east Bedfordshire, Peterborough, south Lincolnshire, north Cambridgeshire (including Fenland) and the western area of Norfolk.

For the academic year 2011-2012, the Partnership is working with 96 graduate teacher trainees.

N.B. The Partnership is currently ONLY recruiting for secondary phase applicants.

The Cambridge Partnership is an accredited Employment Based Initial Teacher Training route (EBITT).

Features of the Partnership

Our objective is to recruit and train local applicants, providing high quality teachers to fulfill local opportunities within the region. This recruitment and subsequent retention of trainees in local schools is a key feature of the Partnership as confirmed by the procedures we have adopted.

The Partnership is working within the remit of an EBR (Employment based route) and the framework provided by the Teaching Agency. Within this framework, however, the Executive Committee of the Partnership has established a number of important principles:
  • All training places confirmed by the Teaching Agency for training during any academic year will be allocated to successful applicants for a September start. There will be no full-time training programmes commencing in January or in the third term.
  • During this training year, all successful applicants will be employed by Partnership schools. Applications for such places must be accompanied by agreement of the sponsoring school.
  • The Partnership will manage both the training programme and the school placements. All trainees will undertake two different professional placements. Placement one will be in a school that is in contrast to your sponsoring school -in which you will complete your second placement. Individuals are not expected to negotiate a contrasting first placement school.
  • Successful applicants will become members of The Partnership training programme, a course which includes both central and school-based training. Individuals are thus members of a training group within their locality, having the opportunity to share professional issues within centrally -based sessions as well as in a school location. The training programme is designed to embrace the essential professional requirements for Secondary (11-19yrs.) teaching, as well as catering for an individual trainee's needs.
  • All trainees will have an Individual Training Plan (ITP) which takes account of their course entry audits.  The subsequent components of the co-ordinated training plan are designed to create a personal approach to the training year.

The Cambridge Partnership is a provider of very high quality initial teacher education and training. To do this it draws upon successful high quality training and support within our experienced Partnership schools.

The secondary programme consists of:
  • Subject studies: a course tailored to meet individual needs to ensure that trainees have appropriate subject knowledge and understanding to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and GCSE and post-16 National Examination courses in their subject areas.
  • Professional Studies: a course which embraces professional issues relevant to teaching in secondary schools in the twenty-first century, irrespective of subject or location.
  • Teaching studies: two professional placements which lead to teaching competence, confidence and independence in preparation for a successful career.
  • Individual Studies: providing trainees with opportunities to complete assignments in relation to each of the three inter-dependent elements of the course and to further advance their individual preparation.
  • Personal elements located within the Individual Training Plan.

The delivery of our programme is undertaken by experienced ITT providers and school colleagues. Together they provide you with an essential, collaborative approach to gaining qualified teacher status(QTS) and becoming a Newly Qualified Teacher(NQT).

All trainees are continuously assessed with internal and external assessors visiting at certain stages throughout the training year.


Click on the 'Apply Here' button on the home page of this site. For further information please contact us either by e-mail to or by telephone on 01487 833707.

Please note: To accompany your application you will need to submit an Initial School Experience form. This should be completed and sent with your application form or direct to before the January deadline.

The Initial School Experience form and the guidelines for completing it can be obtained by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.

Chris Jones,
20 Jul 2010, 09:17
Chris Jones,
20 Jul 2010, 09:17