Grants for teachers ‘learning on the job’

Students who decide to study for their postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE) at Redborne Upper School, Ampthill can also apply for a £1,000 grant and subsidised accommodation whilst learning thanks to the Connolly Foundation.

Redborne is a National Teaching School providing the courses in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

Students can now qualify ‘on the job’ and the courses are based on the skills schools are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

The course is for one year resulting in qualified teacher status (QTS), the award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and 60 Master’s-level credits.

The Connolly Foundation is also offering 30 rooms in 11 new units being built by Connolly homes adjacent to the school.

These will provide student accommodation for the duration of the course at subsidised rents.

Nigel Croft, a trustee of the Connolly Foundation and former Principal of Redborne School is delighted that the foundation is offering this support to students.

“The Connolly Foundation is committed to supporting education and teaching projects across Bedfordshire”, he said.

“This new way of getting that final teaching qualification whilst being permanently in school and learning from and with qualified staff will result in high quality post graduates entering the profession.”