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Teacher Training

We are proud to support the professional development of our staff and also welcome new recruits looking to complete a primary teaching qualification with a SEN specialism. We work closely with our partners Chepping View Primary Academy and ASTRA to provide School-Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in a supportive, vibrant and caring environment. Please find more information about our SCITT partners below. 

To find out more information on completing your SCITT here at Chiltern Wood, please email an expression of interest to:



Chiltern Wood partners with Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training to offer school-based teacher training. Working closely with Bath Spa University, Astra offers the PGCE and QTS routes into teaching.

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 placements and a focus on helping trainees develop an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of pedagogy in their specialist subject or phase. Astra trainees are supported both by an in-school mentor and a team of highly qualified and experienced tutors; almost all training is live and ‘in person’ at Buckinghamshire schools. Throughout, trainees have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues from a range of school contexts.

Whether a recent graduate or a career switcher, Astra training is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be a successful classroom teacher, who is an expert in primary education and SEND.

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.



Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT offers primary school teacher training in South Bucks, centred around High Wycombe, giving graduate trainees a high quality primary school based teacher training programme. Our course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an optional Postgraduate Certificate in Education. School placements are completed in High Wycombe, Marlow and other areas of Buckinghamshire.