Early Professional Development 2017-2018 

We are delighted to share with you details of this new offer for secondary school colleagues in the early stages of their teaching careers. The ‘Early Professional Development’ sessions replace the NQT and RQT programmes traditionally facilitated by Learners First and endeavours to provide a more flexible offer for secondary 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 Overview

Download Programme Overview