The fu­ture of teach­ing in Bucks

Lat­est train­ing event was held in Amer­sham

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The lat­est teacher train­ing co­hort in­cludes ex-mayor of Amer­sham Mark Vivis and is made up of re­cent uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates and ca­reer chang­ers, with ages rang­ing from those in their 20s to those in their 60s. The first train­ing event was held at King’s Church on Septem­ber 6, fo­cus­ing on team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and hosted by par­a­lympian, Tim Pren­der­gast, and BMX cham­pion, Mike Mul­lan, who rep­re­sent the Youth Sports Trust.

The 2017/18 As­tra SCITT teacher train­ing co­hort of pri­mary and sec­ondary teach­ers builds on the enormous suc­cess of the SCITT’s in­au­gu­ral co­hort last year.

It marks an im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment in As­tra’s role as a provider of ini­tial teacher train­ing in Bucks, in­clud­ing the enormous suc­cess of train­ing 47 new teach­ers last year.

In fact, since its ac­cred­i­ta­tion in 2015 as a School Cen­tred Ini­tial Teacher Train­ing (SCITT) provider, the As­tra SCITT has re­cruited over 100 new en­trants into the teach­ing pro­fes­sion in a wide range of sec­ondary sub­jects, in­clud­ing shortage sub­jects such as physics, com­puter sci­ence and chem­istry, as well as in pri­mary gen­eral.

Train­ing place­ments have been made across a range of 35 part­ner schools, in­clud­ing Chiltern Hills Acad­emy, Che­sham Gram­mar School, The Amer­sham School, Al­fris­ton Spe­cial School, the As­pire Pupil Re­fer­ral Unit and Ger­rards Cross CofE Pri­mary School.

Re­cruit­ment for the next in­take of As­tra SCITT trainees for 2018/19 opens via UCAS on Oc­to­ber 26 2017 (www. ucas.com) with in­ter­views be­ing held across part­ner schools through­out this year. A full list of th­ese schools and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.as­tra- al­liance. com.

Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School will also be host­ing a train to teach Open Af­ter­noon on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 8.

Bookings can be made by email­ing Gill Byrne (gby@chal­lon­ers.org) or tele­phon­ing 01494 787573.

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