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Astra Appropriate Body Named Contact

If an ECT needs to raise any concerns about their induction programme, the named contact for Astra Appropriate Body to use is Paula Casey paula@astra-alliance.com (01494 787576)

Buckinghamshire Council Appropriate Body 

Astra Teaching School Hub cannot act as the Appropriate Body for any ECTs who have been awarded QTS by the Astra SCITT, or are employed at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. Buckinghamshire Council acts as the Appropriate Body for this group of ECTs. For information on Buckinghamshire Council Appropriate Body Services, please see their website here or alternatively contact Hazel David on ECT@buckinghamshire.gov.uk (07824 482570)

ECT Manager 

Progress reviews and formal assessments must be completed on the ECT Manager online system by the Induction Tutor. ECTs and Headteachers will also have access to ECT Manager. The Astra ECT Manager system can be accessed via this link https://astra.ectmanager.com (there are user manuals in the helpdesk section for how to register an ECT, how to complete a Progress Review and how to complete a Formal Assessment)

Department for Education

Guidance on statutory induction, training and support for ECTs and the expected responsibilities of schools can be accessed here.

Teaching Regulation Agency 

QTS and Induction certificates may be obtained by individual teachers through the TRA Teacher Self Service website. This website allows teachers to view their teacher record, obtain QTS and induction certificates, update personal details, download and print a letter confirming their teacher qualifications and input employment details https://teacherservices.education.gov.uk/SelfService/Login If you do not know your Teacher Reference Number (TRN), please email the TRA at qts.enquiries@education.gov.uk or call 0207 593 5394.

Unions

It is recommended that ECTs give serious consideration to joining a union. The teacher unions provide a range of CPD opportunities and, when necessary, individual confidential support and advice.

NASUWT https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/

NEU https://neu.org.uk/