The future of teaching in Bucks
Latest training event was held in Amersham
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephoning 01494 787573.