Overview of the Astra SCITT

What is the SCITT route into teaching? (http://tinyurl.com/k2wblyv):

  • A SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) is a network of schools, with a lead school that has gained accreditation from the DfE to deliver and award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The training course lasts from September to June and combines school-based classroom practice with theoretical learning.

  • Training is led by experienced practicing teachers and school leaders, as well as tutors and external speakers / coaches

  • Teaching practice takes place in two or more schools, with a main placement and a shorter second placement in a contrasting phase or school

  • Assessment is through classroom observations, weekly reflections, e-portfolios, reports and written assignments

  • A PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) is an optional qualification which can be obtained in addition to QTS.  Its award comes with 60 Masters credits through a Higher Education Institute (which can be later converted into a full Masters) and involves five days face-to-face learning at university, plus assignments.

What makes the Astra SCITT unique?

Please look at our prospectus to find out more about the Astra SCITT.

Collaboration; Excellence; Innovation; Support

Led by Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, we are proud of our collaboration with a wide range of over 30 partner schools in the secondary (11-16 yrs) and primary phases, across both grammar and non-selective schools, including Pupil Referral Units and a Special School.  Such a wide network of schools also makes employment within the alliance more likely after the training year.  

We will also endeavour to place applicants at the training schools of their choice for first and second placements, and esnure they feel 'part of the team' before they start. 

Excellence is a fundamental feature of all of our programmes and operation, both core QTS and subject / phase specific.  The quality of our mentoring, training and assessment is outstanding,  and  our partnership with the Institute of Education, UCL, (ranked top for education training) also demonstrates our commitment to excellence for the PGCE part of the course, if trainees wish to pursue it.    

Innovation comes from a forward-thinking approach, both inside the classroom and across our training partners.  Each Astra trainee is equipped with a Chromebook and trained on our Google-based systems which will be used for reporting, monitoring and assessment throughout the course.  Our weekly core QTS training programme also covers all the Teachers' Standards, government and national priorities, as well as how to effectively use technology in the classroom.

Finally, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way, even before your training starts, because we understand that training can be challenging as well as exciting.  Our dedicated SCITT leadership, management and administrative team is there to assist you with any aspect of your course, including the application process via UCAS.  We recognise that each trainee is different, and therefore offer bespoke support, as required

You can see a video of our most recent cohort of trainees in action, and also talking about their experiences on the programme here