Dr Challoner’s Grammar School was designated as the Teaching School Hub for Buckinghamshire by the Department for Education in 2021. Leading a Teaching School Hub - Astra Teaching School Hub (https://www.astrahub.org) - involves taking responsibility as a 'system leader' for a range of key national priorities. These include Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Appropriate Body and Early Career Framework (ECF), National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

As a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training provider (SCITT) working with Goldsmiths (University of London) and our partner schools, Astra provides outstanding support and training for new entrants into the profession, both primary and secondary.

Further information on teacher training through the Astra SCITT

Appropriate Body and Early Career Framework (ECF)

Astra Teaching School Hub provides Appropriate Body services for Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction across Buckinghamshire and beyond. Astra also facilitates the full induction ECF programme on behalf of Best Practice Network for ECTs and Mentors in the region. Further information on Astra’s Appropriate Body services and ECF, can be found here:

Appropriate Body servicesEarly Career Framework

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

In partnership with Best Practice Network, Astra offers the full range of newly reformed NPQs for schools across Buckinghamshire:

  • NPQLT (Leading Teaching)
  • NPQLTD (Leading Teacher Development)
  • NPQLBC (Leading Behaviour and Culture)
  • NPQSL (Senior Leader)
  • NPQH (Headship)
  • NPQEL (Executive Leadership)

Further information about the NPQ programmes can be found here:

National Professional Qualifications

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Astra aims to provide outstanding professional development opportunities for colleagues at all stages in their career. Full details of CPD opportunities, offered by Astra and other organisations across our region, can be found in the CPD section of the Astra Teaching School Hub website:

Continuing Professional Development