We are now full for the 2017-18 academic year. We will open for the 2018-19 academic year during the 2017-18 summer term at which point further information on how to join the programme will be given on this page.


Rationale

  • To support Newly Qualified Teachers to meet the standards expected of NQTs (and teachers) as set in the NQT assessment framework.
  • To support NQTs to develop strategies for successfully completing NQT year.
  • To establish a network of NQTs supported by more experienced colleagues to develop and share good practice.
  • To train NQTs to develop their own practice through self-reflection and observation of others.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises of 3 key elements designed to enable NQTs to develop a personalised programme that meets their individual needs and requests.

  • 6 core sessions, facilitated by experienced teachers and senior leaders, in which NQTs will have the opportunity to engage in activities designed to facilitate self-reflection and continuous professional development. These sessions also create the opportunity for NQTs to establish a peer support network. Further details of individual sessions are provided below.
  • Access to a wide and varied menu of short courses available during the year from which NQTs can select according to their individual professional development needs.
  • An opportunity to undertake a practice development visit to an alliance school. This visit is entirely bespoke and is planned with individual NQTs, to enable them to observe good practice in an area of teaching and learning of their choosing in line with their individual professional development needs.

Further details of each of these 3 key elements is provided below:

1. Core Sessions Overview

All sessions are held at our Ewood Campus. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available prior to each core session in our Garage Café to provide NQTs with the opportunity to network with each other.

Session 1: Making the Most of your NQT Year

As well as introducing the programme, this session will develop NQTs’ understanding of the structure and requirements of the NQT year and introduces them to the NQT assessment framework. NQTs will have the opportunity to reflect on their training year and share their concerns regarding the NQT year with a view to considering how to use the support and resources available to ensure they successfully complete the year and achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Session 2: Managing Yourself and Others (Part 1 of 2)

The first of two sessions, investigates how understanding yourself can enable you to get the best out of yourself and others. NQTs will have the opportunity to review their approach to workload management and the impact this can have on their stress and work-life balance.

Session 3: Meeting the Learning Needs of SEND Pupils – Working with EHC Plans and Statements of SEN

All pupils with recognised special educational needs, regardless of whether they are educated in mainstream or specialist schools, have learning needs stated in EHC Plans or Statements of SEN. In this session NQTs will explore their role in ensuring these learning needs are addressed, not only through the implementation of their recommendations but also by ensuring theses important documents continue to portray an accurate picture of each pupil’s learning needs.

Session 4: Managing Yourself and Others (Part 2 of 2)

The second of two sessions, investigates how understanding yourself can enable you to get the best out of others. NQTs will have the opportunity to review their approach to the management of support staff and explore strategies that will enable them to ensure these staff can be deployed effectively to support teaching and learning.

Session 5: Planning Your Practice Development Visit

NQTs will use this session to reflect on their learning up to this point and evaluate their progress with a view to planning a practice development visit that will support the next step in their professional development. This visit is entirely bespoke and is planned with individual NQTs, to enable them to observe good practice in an area of teaching and learning of their choosing in line with their individual professional development needs.

Session 6: Stepping into Subject Leadership

With many NQTs being offered the opportunity to become Subject Leaders following successful completion of their NQT year, this session provides and introduction and overview of the role. NQTs will develop their understanding of many of the key aspects of Subject Leadership including developing a critical understanding of teaching and learning in your subject, auditing staff subject knowledge and skills, writing a subject development plan and managing a budget.

2. Access to Short Courses

Details of individual courses are provided in the attached brochure. Each NQT is entitled to attendance at 3 courses as part of the NQT programme. A discounted rate is available for additional courses. Courses can be booked at any point in the year subject to availability.

3. Practice Development Visit

A planning session for this visit will take place at the beginning of the summer term as described above. The visit itself is expected to take place in the summer term and the date, duration and content of the visit will be negotiated with the NQT and school concerned, facilitated by the NQT Programme Lead.