Ofsted Outstanding!

    We are thrilled and delighted to announce that Ofsted has graded the Astra SCITT as 'outstanding' in all categories following a rigorous six day inspection process, carried out over six days from 30th April-2nd May (stage one) and 24th-26th September (stage two) 2018. This is a significant achievement, placing Astra as the only 'outstanding' provider in the local area.  It also recognises considerable strengths in the quality of recruitment, selection and training for those who qualify with Astra, where both outcomes and employment rates are well above national benchmarking figures.  For your information, the full report can be viewed via this link.

    As a DfE accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training, Astra has the same status as an HEI and can award Qualified Teacher Status to primary and secondary trainees on both the salaried and unsalaried / bursary-led routes into teaching.  Astra is also accredited to award QTS on the Assessment Only route into teaching.  Each year, Astra successfully recruits and trains approximately 55 new teachers across the secondary and primary age ranges and this year, 12 primary trainees and 46 secondary trainees are completing their training, bringing the total number of new teachers educated by Astra (since 2016/17) to 167, which is an impressive contribution to primary and secondary teacher supply in the local area!  As well as Primary General and Primary with Mathematics, secondary subjects offered are English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, drama, geography, history, modern foreign languages, computer science, business studies, D&T, RE and PE.  From 2018/19, the SCITT is  also working with Educators Abroad to accredit unqualified teachers from overseas with QTS.

    Currently, the partnership works in close collaboration with over 50 local schools across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, including selective and non selective schools, Pupil Referral Units and Special Schools. The SCITT also offers the option for trainees to gain the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Masters Level credits and works with Goldsmiths, University of London for this 'top up' qualification to QTS, which represents 60 Masters credits. 

    If you are interested in training to teach with Astra, please see the SCITT section of this website for more information, or contact us at hello@challoners.org or 01494 787573.  



    Posted on: 06/11/2018