Getting into the swing of things!

This term, we have opened our doors to prospective train to teach candidates, hosting two locally-based recruitment events, as well as joining the national Train to Teach event in London.  Our aim has been to help potential trainees with their UCAS applications and to showcase the unique and innovative features of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training with Astra.

On 7th October, at our inaugural SCITT open afternoon (hosted at DCGS), we were quite literally getting ‘into the swing of things’ courtesy of our sixth form band who heralded the arrival of our 50 or so prospective candidates to our SCITT training centre at DCGS.


Following some light refreshments, Stephanie Rodgers (Director of the Astra SCITT) spoke about the ITT training programmes and Gill Byrne, Teacher Training Administrator, presented on the UCAS application process.  We also welcomed Aysen Giritli, Programme Leader at the Institute of Education, UCL, who gave an informative presentation about the optional PGCE programme for all of our courses.   Perhaps most memorably, delegates gained some valuable advice on teacher training from our delightful Year 8 students!


Following the more formal presentations, colleagues from some of our partner schools were able to meet with delegates and talk with them about the programmes we offer at their individual schools. The day concluded with a tour and an informal Q&A / feedback session.  Evaluation comments collected at the end of the event indicated that delegates were impressed:

  • "I arrived with high expectations and wasn't disappointed. Great overview followed by informed discussions with staff. The tour of the school cemented my impressions of an organised, professional approach to teacher training. Thanks!"

  • "A very informative and interesting afternoon. Thank you very much!"

  • "I found this a very informative afternoon, particularly the opportunity to talk to teachers from different schools."

  • "The afternoon was more than I was hoping for. I am much more excited about applying to train now. Everyone I spoke to was extremely helpful and informative. What an excellent afternoon."


Following this, on Monday 16th November, we hosted a follow-up twilight train to teach event at Gerrards Cross CE Primary School.  While the programme followed a similar structure to the event in October, delegates had an even greater opportunity to explore the primary programmes and seek individual advice and support regarding their applications.  


On 7th November, we were also delighted to join the throngs of other providers at the DfE Train to Teach London Roadshow, attracting many potential ‘train to teach’ candidates with a combination of bright colours, helpful staff and freebies as well as the delicious sweets on our stall!

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If you would like to find out more about train to teach opportunities with the Astra SCITT and have missed the above events, you may be interested to know that we will also be at the following recruitment fairs over the next few months - we hope to meet you soon, and do get in touch via email ( if you have any questions:

Monday 7th Dec: IOE/UCL School Direct recruitment fair, 4-7pm at Jeffery Hall (level 1), UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL


Saturday 6th Feb: Train to Teach National Roadshow, QEII Centre, London, 9am-4pm

Saturday 27th Feb: BCC/BLT recruitment fair at Green Park Centre, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NE.