Astra School-Centred Teacher Training

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Cressex Community School partners with  Astra School-Centred Initial Teacher Training to offer school-based teacher training. Working closely with Bath Spa University, Astra offers the PGCE and QTS routes into teaching.                                                                                                  

Over the last ten years, over 550 graduates have gone on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through Astra, which works with approximately sixty local primary, secondary and special schools.

Astra training blends theory and practice, with both carefully structured school-based training and a focus on helping trainees develop an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of pedagogy in their specialist subject or phase. Throughout, Astra trainees are supported both by an in-school mentor and a team of highly qualified and experienced tutors; almost all training is live and ‘in person’ at Buckinghamshire schools. For the duration of the training, trainees have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues from a range of school contexts.

Whether a recent graduate or a career switcher, Astra training is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be a successful classroom teacher, who is an expert in their specialist subject.

Astra can support you as you apply and make your first steps into this challenging, varied and rewarding career, with regular open evenings and school taster placements available for those considering teaching.

For further information and details of training commencing next summer, please contact Astra via or visit the Astra website.

More information can be found on the DfE train to teach portal and applications can be made via DfE Apply.  You may be eligible for a generous bursary to train!

If you have active Social Media accounts, it would be great if you could follow Astra.  Our social media handles are as follows:

Twitter           @astra_hub

Instagram      astratsh

LinkedIn        Astra Teaching School Hub & SCITT

Facebook      @AstraHub

Cressex - Astra partnership - click here for further information from Khaiam Shabbir, Headteacher, on training opportunities


For more information about Astra's teacher training opportunities use the contact details above or contact our school directly by calling Shazeen Saddique, Deputy Headteacher via (tel: 01494 437729).