The school will aim to recruit up to 74 trainees for this school-led training who will receive qualified teacher status at the end of the year training. They will begin in September 2016 in both the primary and secondary sectors, working across 23 Bucks Schools.

Assistant head of the school, Stephanie Rodgers, said: “The difference with this scheme is that trainee teachers will know where they are placed, it is about schools taking charge in the training process. We proved that we can provide the right level of training and support to trainee teachers.”

There are 75 schools with the same accreditation across the country. The trainees of the scheme will be able to do their training, while forming a relationship with their school.

The aim of SCITT is to provide practical, hands-on teacher training, delivered by experienced teachers. Trainee teachers will learn on the job.

Mrs Rodgers said: “I think that it brings schools together – it is empowering.”

Trainees have teacher mentors to help them with the programme.

All Astra SCITT trainees will also have experience of Pupil Referral Units (PRU) and Special Schools during the partnership.

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