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The Astra Alliance, incorporating the Astra Teaching School, Appropriate Body and School-Centred Initial Teacher Training provider (SCITT), is committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities through training, support and career development.   Our core vision is to achieve and deliver: ‘Excellence; Collaboration; Support; Innovation’.


We were awarded accredited SCITT status by the DfE in 2015 and are part of the National Association of School Based Initial Teacher Trainers (NASBTT).  We also work with the prestigious Institute of Education, UCL to offer PGCE training for new entrants in local primary and secondary schools.  We also offer the Assessment Only route into QTS for more experienced colleagues.

As an Appropriate Body for registering NQTs, the Astra Alliance offers a full induction programme for newly qualified teachers in Buckinghamshire and beyond, including training on our online reporting system, bespoke support and an ‘Enhancement’ package of CPD opportunities.

We offer designation and core training for Specialist Leaders in Education; we are recognised by the NCTL as an accredited provider of this SLE core training.

For teachers developing their careers beyond induction, we offer a portfolio of continuing professional development programmes, demonstrating our commitment to high-quality, low-cost training for teachers at every stage of their career.


We are proud to work in collaboration with five other Buckinghamshire Teaching Schools as part of the Teaching 'Talent' Network (Teachers As Leaders / Educating New Teachers), providing exciting leadership development opportunities, with generous subsidies available for non-selective schools.

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