The Astra SCITT is part of the Astra Teaching School Hub, accredited by the DfE as one of only 87 Hubs in the country to offer the 'golden thread' of training and support for teachers at all stages of their career.  Our mission is to achieve and deliver ‘Excellence; Collaboration; Support; Innovation’.



We were awarded accredited SCITT status by the DfE in 2016.  We design and deliver QTS programmes for primary and secondary trainees against the Core Content Framework, as well as working with Goldsmiths, University of London to offer the PGCE qualification. We also offer the Assessment Only route to QTS in the UK and abroad for more experienced colleagues.


As a Teaching School Hub, we work in partnership with a Lead Provider to offer the Early Career Framework (ECF) Full Induction Programme, which is part of the two year statutory entitlement of CPD support for early career teachers (ECTs).  This includes training for both ECTs and their mentors.

As an Appropriate Body for registering ECTs, the Astra Teaching School Hub offers a full induction programme for early career teachers in Buckinghamshire and beyond, including reduced induction support and fidelity checks for schools following the Core Induction Programme.


Working with Buckinghamshire Council, Astra offers designation opportunities for expert colleagues to achieve Astra and Buckinghamshire Leaders in Education (ABLE) status.  We also provide core training and support for those who successfully secure ABLE status prior to deployment.  

For teachers developing their careers beyond training and induction, we offer a portfolio of continuing professional development programmes, including the government's revised suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in Teaching, Teacher Development, Behaviour and Culture, Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership. 

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