Welcome to the English web pages for the Grand Union Training Partnership. Here you will find information relevant to the teaching of English. English is taught to 11-13 year old students in key stage 3, 14-16 year old students in key stage 4 and 17-18 year old students in key stage 5. Topics covered on training include:
  • Positive Behaviour Management
  • Writing at KS3 and 4
  • Teaching English through Drama
  • Media at KS3 and 4
  • Approaches to Poetry
  • ICT and English
  • Approaches to the Novel
  • Cross Curricular
  • GCSE Coursework
  • English at A/S and A2
Subject Specific Aims:
The following aims are in addition to the overall aims of the Grand Union Training Partnership.
  • To increase awareness amongst Associate Teachers of their crucial role in raising standards in English
  • To pass on the appreciation and understanding of literary texts
  • To encourage students to read and understand the benefits of reading
  • To create active and sensitive speakers and listeners
  • To use literary texts to enable pupils to have a greater empathy and understanding of people from other times and cultures
  • To create thoughtful, creative and accurate writers of English for a range of audiences
  • To enable pupils to identify implicit as well as explicit meanings in texts
  • To enable students to become independent thinkers
Training for each subject is undertaken through a number of twilight sessions and subject training days held in the various schools throughout the academic year. Potential Associate Teachers wishing to embark on the training programme must possess a relevant degree and grade C, or above, in Maths and English at GCSE. Relevant experience may also be considered.
Exam boards used by the schools in which Associate Teachers train include AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. Click on the links below to access these sites.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like further information.

The Grand Union Training Partnership,
Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6DJ
Telephone: 01327 350284 ext 253.
Email: gutp@sponne.org.uk