NQT Primary

Newly qualified teachers

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 the core themes of the Early Career Framework (ECF) and will be delivered through a series of online training and, when safe to do so, school-based face to face sessions designed by a range of Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs), headteachers and lead practitioners.

The programme has been designed to provide a progressive professional development pathway with practical support, strategies and ideas to ensure that colleagues ‘learn that’ from a variety of ‘learn how to’ elements from the first phase of the ECF. The programme has been designed to be aligned with the Early Career Framework which progresses from the ITT Core Content Framework.

There are several groups to accommodate numbers and preferences. NQTs should select a 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 sessions and it is essential that NQTs should have the support of an in-school mentor to maximise the impact of the programme.

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 explore how to establish themselves as effective classroom teachers at the start 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 ITT experiences and their own practice to identify strengths and areas for development. The session will make reference to the new Ofsted framework and support them to consider appropriate strategies to enhance their effectiveness and contribution as classroom teachers.

Links to Early Career Framework:

High Expectations
Professional Behaviours

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, facilitated discussion and references to current research, NQTs will consider different approaches to creating a positive climate for learning within the classroom. This will include references to their contribution to communicating the school’s vision and ethos; the curriculum; effective staff and pupil relationships; positive pupil engagement and behaviour; and the learning environment.

Links to Early Career Framework:

High Expectations

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.

Links to Early Career Framework:

Classroom Practice

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.

Links to Early Career Framework:

How pupils Learn
Subject & Curriculum
Adaptive Teaching

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, EAL pupils and different ability 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.

Links to Early Career Framework:

Adaptive Teaching

Experiencing High Quality Teaching and Learning in a Different Context

The early career professional development conference will bring together colleagues in the early stages of their teaching careers (ITTs, NQTs, RQTs) from different phases and contents. The conference will include case studies from different school leaders and be led by the inspirational, Dr Ger Graus.

‘Children can only aspire to what they know exists…’

Dr Ger Graus is Global Director of Education at KidZania, the UK’s first educational entertainment centre which provides children with experiential learning opportunities. He is also the former founding Director of the Children’s University. In 2014, he was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to children and young people.

Drawing upon his school leadership and wider experiences, international work and work with local schools, Ger will share his unique insights to challenge some of the prevailing orthodoxies within education. He will guide and challenge delegates to consider how, in their role as teachers of the next generation, they can raise levels of expectation and the aspirations of children, schools and communities they serve.

Links to Early Career Framework:

High Expectations

NQT Programme 2020/21

Dates, Times and Venues

For details of the 2020/21 academic year NQT programme please download the schedule below. Venues are to be confirmed

Programme Bookings

Please book via the online forms below, ensuring you select the course appropriate to your preferred dates

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.

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