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ASTRA SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training)

Stoke Mandeville Combined School partners with  Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training to provide training opportunities for new entrants to the teaching profession.

Over the last ten years, over 550 graduates have gone on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through Astra, which works with approximately sixty local primary, secondary and special schools. 

Astra training blends theory and practice, with both carefully structured school-based training and a focus on helping trainees develop an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of pedagogy in their specialist subject or phase. Throughout, Astra trainees are supported both by an in-school mentor and a team of highly qualified and experienced tutors. 

While a large number of teachers continue to enter the profession soon after university, increasingly teaching is a popular choice with career switchers. 

Astra is able to support you as you apply and make your first steps into this challenging, varied and rewarding career, with regular open evenings and school taster placements available for those considering teaching. 

For further information and details of training commencing next summer, please contact Astra via or visit the Astra website.

More information can be found on the DfE train to teach portalYou may also  be eligible for a generous bursary to train!

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