Primary NQT Programme 2018-19

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Our sessions are aimed at supporting Newly Qualified Teachers in Early years, KS1 and KS2.

Sessions require active participation and are an opportunity to discuss your practice and reflect on your progress. Feedback is very good and indicates that the sessions are relevant, interactive and interesting. There is time to discuss individual classrooms issues, share ideas and explore solutions to overcome difficulties. The staff who deliver the sessions are drawn from a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds and they support a diverse and exciting educational experience and provide a broad research profile.

Sessions are £85 each per participant and last for three hours from 1 - 4pm.
There is a 20% discount if all five sessions are booked at once (£340) and a 15% discount for individual sessions booked by partner schools.
They are limited to 25 participants and need to be booked on Eventbrite at least five days in advance for catering purposes.
Please contact teacherscentre (@gold.ac.uk) to get your discount code or if you have any queries.

The Teaching Team

Your tutors will be Una Coyne, Sue Dixon, Anna GrantNeil Walton and James Titley

NQT Conference 2019

We are planning on having a one-day conference in Spring 2019. It will focus on supporting the diverse needs of pupils and will involve keynote lectures and a variety of workshops that participants can choose from.

Session 1: Managing Behaviours in the Classroom and Your First Term in Post (05/11/18)

Monday 5 November 2018, 1 - 4 pm | Book here

This session is in two parts. The first part will build on the idea of reflective practice, not only to build a strong foundation for the NQT year ahead but also into the future as a professional.  With a focus on managing behaviours, this session will enable you to deepen your understanding of relationships within the classroom and beyond. An open discussion will provide a forum where you can share experiences and develop your expertise.  This will also help you identify your immediate next steps in any challenges that you may be encountering.

The second part is about reflecting on your first term with your own class.  What have been your successes? Why? Which aspects of your practice would you like to develop? This session will provide opportunities to celebrate your achievements and actively explore your next steps.

We will draw on action learning sets to support peer support and reflection.

Bring your NQT portfolio to a) review your Induction Observation(s); b) discuss your targets for the spring term and; c) describe the behaviour management strategies you use.

Suggested Links to Teachers’ Standards:

TS1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
TS7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

Part Two: Personal and professional conduct

Session 2: Teaching and Learning (Mathematics) (25/03/19)

Monday 25 March 2019, 1 - 4 pm | Book here

Teaching and learning requires a comprehensive understanding of planning and assessment, but what can this look like? What does this mean in practice? This session considers a) who you are as a teacher; who you are as a mathematician, how you can maximise learning opportunities for the child and c) developing good practice in Maths lessons

Bring your: NQT portfolio; your second Induction Observation; something that you feel represents you as a teacher and a mathematics lesson plan that you have delivered and assessed.

Suggested Links to Teachers’ Standards:

TS3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
TS4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons
TS5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
TS6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment

Session 3: Assessment and Report Writing with a focus on Reading (20/05/19)

Monday 20 Mai 2019, 1 - 4 pm | Book here

Why do we assess? We will reflect on the use of formative and summative assessment in schools. We will consider the literature around this, its practical application and how schools can best impact learning and progress.

The second part of this session will focus on the effective teaching of reading and the role of assessment in this.

Please bring your NQT portfolio, examples of how you track and assess ‘reading’ in your school, and, if possible, the end of year format of report writing used in your school.

Suggested Links to Teachers’ Standards:

TS2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
TS4. Plan and teach a well-structured lesson
TS5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
TS6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment

Session 4: Creative Arts (03/06/19)

Monday 03 June 2019, 1 - 4 pm | Book here

The Arts are going to have an increased focus in the Ofsted inspections, so we will also examine what this might look like. In the first part of the session we will consider the importance of music in the education.  How can music be the initial focus of cross curricular learning? The second part of this session will suggest ways to approach teaching and learning in and through art. You will develop your art and design subject knowledge and try out different materials and techniques, reflecting on why drawing and formal elements (line, tone, colour etc.) have been central to the subject.

Suggested Links to Teachers’ Standards:

TS1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
TS2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
TS3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
TS5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils

Session 5: Looking to the Future and Supporting Wellbeing (01/07/19)

Monday 1 July 2019, 1 - 4 pm | Book here

The session will be split into two parts. The first part will be about looking back on your induction year so that you can reflect on your strengths and areas for development. You will be given time to focus on your future as a teacher, including any changes in educational policy. Bring your completed NQT portfolio and a key moment from your NQT year to celebrate with the group.

The second part of the session will have a focus on wellbeing exploring issues of childhood mental health and your own mental health and wellbeing. This part of the session will be experiential.