Early Professional Development 2018-2019

We are delighted to share with you details of this new offer for school colleagues in the early stages of their teaching careers. The ‘Early Professional Development’ sessions enhance the NQT and RQT programmes traditionally facilitated by Learners First and endeavour to provide a more flexible offer for school colleagues that can be tailored to their individual needs and current priorities.


All sessions are designed by National and Specialist Leaders of Education (NLEs and SLEs) and are rooted in current classroom practice. The sessions aim to complement existing in-school CPD opportunities and add value by providing a wider perspective on key challenges and current priorities. These changes have been implemented in response to feedback from participants, facilitators and school leaders to ensure the provision evolves to reflect the current educational landscape and recognises the changing nature of initial teacher training (ITT) and the roles and responsibilities of teachers in the early stages of their teaching careers.


The ‘Early Professional Development’ sessions outlined overleaf aim to provide a comprehensive offer but there is the possibility further sessions will be added during the course of the academic year in response to feedback and the changing landscape.

Booking Details

Unlike previous NQT and RQT programmes, there is no expectation that colleagues wishing to engage with the ‘Early Professional Development’ offer need to attend all or a set number of sessions. Instead, with the support of a mentor and/or line manager colleagues are encouraged to select the session(s) most pertinent to their development needs and role.

To book on a session please email teachingschool@learnersfirst.org clearly stating the:

  • Relevant booking code(s)
  • Name of the Participant
  • Email Address of the Participant
  • School Name
  • Subject Taught

For an overview of the programme, please see below.

Programme Diary – Autumn Term 2018

EPD 1 – Developing effective professional relationships with colleagues
(Primary only)
3.45 – 5.15pm, 8th November 2018
Abbey School


EPD 2 – Succeeding in Teaching & Excellence in the Classroom
(Primary and Secondary)
3.30 – 5.30pm, 15th November 2018
Oakwood High School


EPD 3 – Effective Support and Challenge for EAL Learners
(Primary and Secondary)
3.30 – 5.30pm, 4th December 2018
Wales High School


EPD 4 – Effective Use of Learning Environments & Resources to Engage Pupils
(Primary and Secondary)
3.45 – 5.15pm, 13th December 2018
Abbey School

Download full diary of events below