Information for Incoming Astra Trainees 2023-24

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Astra is delighted to be a partner of ‘Now Teach’, an organisation supporting experienced people to make a successful transition into teaching, working alongside schools and training providers to offer additional events and resources tailored to the needs of career changers. Further details can be found at, with event details being advertised here:

This leaflet also explains more. The sooner someone joins, the sooner they can start to benefit from the Now Teach support, including access to monthly school insight webinars, an onboarding hub and regular opportunities to talk to each other and Now Teachers from previous years.

Now Teach recruit on the following criteria: 

  • Motivation to teach and be part of the Now Teach career-change network, actively engaging with their offer
  • Career experience:  Now Teachers are talented individuals who bring fresh perspectives from industry, business and other sectors into schools. The average age of a Now Teacher is late 40s, and they have members in their early 30s and some in their late 60s. 

Incoming career-change trainees who would benefit from being part of Now Teach can apply by either completing the EOI on their website and selecting 'I already have an ITT placment' or emailing, letting her know you are an Astra trainee. 

Astra Terms and Conditions 2023-24

Newsletters for Astra Trainees


Information about student loans for tuition fees and maintenance can be found here. If you are eligible for a student loan, information on student loan repayments is accessible at

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans, and extra student funding (eg if you are disabled or have children). Student Finance England is open for full time and part time courses - link here

Please also see our Bursaries and Funding page for further information about bursaries and scholarships. 

Bursaries and Funding

Please see here for information on bursaries and funding for 2023-24



Fundamental Maths and English Skills

As providers we are required to ensure that our trainees have the fundamental Maths and English skills needed to gain QTS. We therefore carry out diagnostic assessments for these skills prior to you starting the course,  and where trainees might have a development need in either or both areas, you will be expected to work during  your course to close this gap. 

Details of these fundamental proficiencies can be found here