Astra Teaching School Hub Buckingamshire

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We are an outstanding, forward-thinking partnership offering initial teacher training, early career teacher induction, continuing professional development and school to school support, led by Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham.  As a Teaching School Hub - one of only 87 schools in the country - we are in a position to extend our provision further beyond our existing Teaching School, SCITT and ECT Appropriate Body services in order to further address the recruitment and retention needs of our local area.  This includes the implementation of the Early Career Framework and revised suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).  Our focus is to provide high quality training and support to benefit the learning of all teachers and students, underpinned by our commitment to excellence, collaboration, innovation and support.

We are linked to a range of research institutions, including University of London for the SCITT’s PGCE provision.  We have collaborated with CAMSTAR (Cambridge, School Teachers and Research) on action research projects and we are in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University for our well-established mentor support programme.

Our partners are part of a genuinely collaborative school-led partnership with an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ ITE provider that works for the benefit of its local community.  Working with Astra is exciting and very rewarding with a positive range of benefits including exceptional professional development and working with a supportive team of experienced professionals based in an Outstanding lead school.  We have an innovative approach to training and technology, embracing new challenges and working collaboratively with our partner schools.  We aim to reflect our lead school’s motto (Excellence with Integrity) and the core values of Aspiration, Kindness and Resilience are embedded in our practice.  

Please see here for more details of the Astra Teaching School Hub.