Information for incoming Astra trainees 2021-22

 

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Now Teach

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  https://nowteach.org.uk/, with event details being advertised here: https://nowteach.org.uk/now-teach-events/

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 Jo.Holmes@nowteach.org.uk, letting her know you are an Astra trainee. 

Astra terms and conditions 2021-22

Terms and conditions, including Astra policies and procedures

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January 2021 newsletter

Finances

If you are intending to apply for a Student Loan for your course fees/maintenance, the 2021-22 Student Finance England is now open for full time applications, and will open for part time applications on 28th June.  Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. All incoming Astra trainees will be sent details of the course codes to apply against.

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

Fundamental Maths and English Skills

The National Maths and English skills tests have now been discontinued. However, 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