DfE announcement – impact of COVID-19 on NQT induction

The Department for Education has issued an announcement to stakeholders regarding the impact of COVID-19 on NQT induction.

See below for details…


NQT Programme Overview

The Learners First primary NQT programme has been designed to complement in-school CPD and support for NQTs. It has been organised into core themes and will be delivered through a series of face to face sessions designed by a range of Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs) and lead practitioners. The programme has been organised into four groups to accommodate numbers, and NQTs should select their preferred group on application (first choice preferences will be accommodated where possible). NQTs are required to attend all sessions for their chosen group across the programme. There will be intercessional tasks connecting the modules and face to face events and it is essential that NQTs should have the support of an in-school mentor to maximise the impact of the programme on their practice and outcomes for children.

NQT Programme 2019/20 – dates, times and venues

For details of the 2019/20 academic year NQT programme please download the schedule below. Venues are to be confirmed.

Download NQT 2019/20 Programme

NQT Programme Bookings

Bookings should be made by emailing teachingschool@learnersfirst.org clearly stating the name, school and email address of the NQT and their preferred group.

Succeeding in Teaching

With a focus on the relationship between personal effectiveness and professional development (including the importance of their professional learning, well-being and resilience), NQTs will learn how to establish themselves as effective classroom teachers at the outset of their careers and as they progress in the teaching profession.

Through this module, NQTs will also consider different approaches and styles of teaching and understand more about their personal preferences. They will be supported to reflect upon their own practice to identify strengths and areas for development, and consider appropriate strategies to enhance their effectiveness and contribution as classroom teachers.

Creating a Positive Climate for Learning

Through engagement with this module, NQTs will learn to create a positive and effective climate for learning and set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.

The module focusses on effective behaviour management to ensure a good, positive and safe learning environment is established and maintained for all learners. NQTs will consider issues relating to the management of pupils’ behaviour and how to promote good behaviour for learning within their own classroom. Through active participation and facilitated discussion, NQTs will also consider different approaches to creating a positive climate for learning and how this is realised within the classroom including: communicating the school’s vision and ethos; the curriculum; effective staff and pupil relationships; positive pupil engagement and behaviour; and the learning environment.

Understanding Learning and Progress

This module will cover the foundations of how to plan and teach a well-structured lesson, making accurate and productive use of assessment. NQTs will consider good practice in relation to assessment for learning, including the use of learning objectives and success criteria; effective marking and feedback; peer and self-assessment; and effective questioning techniques.

NQTs will learn how to adapt their teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils, with particular reference to their current classes and school context. They will also be supported to consider the use of different sources of data and evidence, and reflect upon the practice within their current school.

Delivering High Quality Subject Teaching

This module focuses on how to plan and teach well-structured lessons, and sequences of lessons, that inspire, motivate and engage learners to maximise their progress across a range of subjects.

This module promotes good progress and outcomes for all learners and explores good subject and curriculum knowledge. However, throughout the module NQTs will also explore a range of subject areas and phases. Working in key stage specific groups related to their current teaching role, NQTs will further extend their understanding of the expectations within their key stage, enhance their subject and curriculum knowledge and learn how to identify outstanding teaching and learning.

Raising Attainment for All Groups of Learners

This module will enable NQTs to improve their practice and raise expectations so that all pupils, particularly vulnerable groups including SEND, FSM and EAL pupils, can reach their potential.

NQTs will learn how data and evidence can be used effectively to improve pupil performance and how to deploy a range of strategies for improving outcomes for all pupils, and ensure there are no underperforming cohorts. There will be a particular focus on ensuring the delivery of inclusive, quality first teaching. NQTs will also be supported to consider the effective use of tracking and intervention, effective engagement with other specialist professionals (such as SENCOs and teaching assistants), and the effective use of pupil progress meetings to enhance and accelerate learning and progress.

Experiencing High Quality Teaching and Learning in a Different Context

Through this module, NQTs will understand more about how different learning environments and high quality teaching and learning approaches can maximise engagement to improve learning and pupil outcomes.

The module will explore the use of different learning environments in practice and how these can be used to enhance teaching and learning within the classroom. NQTs will have the opportunity to visit a different school/setting and consider and review a range of examples and approaches relating to how schools promote effective learning through the use of the environment and strategies such as enterprise, immersive learning and critique, to have a positive impact on learning, pupil progress and outcomes.