Astra Secondary Course Director
Salary: L2 – L6 (£49,668 – £54,685 pa inclusive of Fringe allowance) (starting salary commensurate with experience) plus generous pension scheme.
Contract: Permanent; to start preferably Easter 2024, although September 2024 could be considered.
Hours per week: Full Time

Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training is a network of over 60 primary, secondary and special schools across Buckinghamshire and beyond. Based at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, a central team works with our mentors, tutors and trainers to support and nurture the next generation of teachers.

We are currently seeking a Secondary Course Director with the vision and skills to lead the development and delivery of our SCITT secondary programmes, working with the Co-Principal to steer Astra’s ITT provision into its next phase of development. Committed to our foundational values of excellence, collaboration, support and innovation, the ideal applicant will be an excellent classroom teacher, with a genuine interest in teacher training, education and pedagogy, and a commitment to developing practice that is both research informed and evidence led.

The role requires the ability to work with a wide range of different stakeholders at all levels in schools across Buckinghamshire, from trainees to senior leadership.

Working alongside our teams of subject specialists and visiting tutors, you will have current or recent experience of working with trainee teachers, as a mentor, tutor or similar, and a strong understanding of ITT issues. In addition to having responsibility for our secondary Professional Studies provision and development of our mentor training programmes, for the right applicant there will be the opportunity to lead in the development of a secondary subject, and, by negotiation, to take on a small teaching timetable within DCGS.

If you would like to discuss the role further please contact Andrew Millar, Astra SCITT Co-Principal, on

Closing date: Monday 15 January 2024, 12 noon.

Suitable shortlisted candidates may be called for interview before the closing date.

To apply for the post, please email a completed application form to

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At Dr Challoner’s Grammar School we ensure breadth of opportunities for all and actively promote open and outward facing attitudes to diversity and inclusion. As such, we actively encourage suitably qualified people from all backgrounds to apply for roles at our school. If there are any issues which you feel could be barriers to your application, as part of this process, please let us know.
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, therefore successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check.

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