Primary RQT programme overview 2016-17

The RQT development programme has been designed to reflect the challenges teachers in the early stages of their careers face within the classroom. It has been organised into core themes, building on the content and approach of the NQT programme, to provide a progressive professional development pathway with practical support, strategies and ideas. The programme will be delivered through a series of face to face sessions designed by a range of Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs) and serving school leaders and sessions will take place in school settings. RQTs are required to attend all sessions within the programme and there will be some intercessional tasks connecting the face to face events.

RQT programme bookings

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

Modelling and Feedback for Learning

The first part of this session focuses on effective marking and feedback, with a particular emphasis on book scrutiny. During this session RQTs will consider best practice approaches to marking and feedback and look at how effective book scrutiny can support the progress and attainment of pupils. Secondly, this session will consider the role of modelling within the classroom and RQTs will be supported to reflect upon effective strategies for modelling teaching and learning and how different approaches can be introduced and used to promote pupil learning and progress.

Differentiation, Challenge, Questioning and Mastery

RQTs will revisit the foundations of how to plan and teach a well structured lesson in this session. It will focus on differentiation to improve pupil learning and outcomes and consider in particular how RQTs can ensure an appropriate level of challenge and pace is embedded within the lesson (including for the most able and higher ability pupils) and make links to the mastery curriculum. The session will also cover effective questioning techniques and how these can be applied in the classroom to support teaching and learning.

Primary Science Across the Curriculum

This session focuses on how to plan exciting, purposeful and well-structured lessons that inspire, motivate and engage learners to maximise their progress within science. The session will be interactive with practical and enquiry based elements to explore good subject and curriculum knowledge within primary science. RQTs will also be supported to look at creative ways to teach science and how to make robust cross-curricular links, in particular literacy and maths, and promote good progress and outcomes for all learners.

The Effective Use and Deployment of Other Adults in the Classroom

In this session, RQTs will consider effective strategies and approaches to improve confidence and the positive impact of directing and deploying other adults (including teaching assistants) within the classroom. There will be a particular focus on ensuring the delivery of inclusive quality first teaching and how the RQTs can effectively use, deploy and direct the work of teaching assistants to better support learning. This will include consideration of Ofsted expectations, Teaching Assistant Timetables, national research (including Sutton Trust and Oxford University Press publications), and strategies for approaching difficult conversations with other adults they lead within the classroom.

Developing as a Subject Leadership

This session focusses on creating and developing effective classroom environments to promote pupil engagement and create a positive and impactful climate for learning. RQTs will look at innovative and creative approaches that promote high expectations and excite, inspire and motivate pupils within the classroom. There will be a particular focus on the modelling of good practice and how ICT can be used effectively as a learning tool.

Module dates and times - 2017

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