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The Beaconsfield School A specialist Arts College

Teacher Training

There are numerous routes into teaching. At The Beaconsfield School we develop student-teachers through traditional university PGCE programmes and local  school base providers called SCITTS. Most postgraduate qualifications are fee paying; however, depending on your subject, bursaries may be available through the Department for Education or university.

The Beaconsfield School works in partnership with the following teacher training providers:  Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training, Reading University, the University of Hertfordshire via the ‘Herts Bucks Alliance’, Kings College London and we also work with the Teach First Training Programme.


These providers ensure the quality of education experienced by student-teachers and is of the highest standard. 

The Beaconsfield School works with St Clement Danes, the lead school for the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance a group of schools who collaborate to provide training for new teachers and continuous professional development for existing staff. 

Links with Herts for Learning and the Bucks Learning Trust sustain contact with schools across both counties. 

We are also proud to be in partnership with the Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, an innovative, Ofsted Outstanding and non-profit organisation which provides outstanding training opportunities for new entrants into the teaching profession. The Astra SCITT is part of the Astra Teaching School Hub, accredited by the DfE as one of only 87 Hubs in the country to offer the ‘golden thread’ of training and support for teachers at all stages of their career.

Astra recruits Primary and Secondary trainees in the following subjects/phases across over 50 local selective, non-selective, primary and special schools for 2023-24: Art; Biology; Business; Economics with Business; Chemistry; Computer Science; Drama; English; Geography; History; Maths; Modern Foreign Languages; Music; PE; Physics; RE.  Some part time routes are also available.

For more information about SCITT/School Direct teaching routes can be found at:

Get into Teaching      https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk

If you would like to express an interest in training at The Beaconsfield School please complete the form using the QR code:

Contact: Amanda Kelly Staff Development Coordinator

E-mail: akelly@beaconsfield.school