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NQT Professional Development Programme launches

Wednesday 3rd October 2012 by C. Freeman

A training programme has been launched by the Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance to support the professional development of newly qualified teachers.

24 new primary and secondary phase teachers both from local schools and those further afield, like Daventry and Rutland attended the three-hour initial session. It was the first of 14 meetings that will take place this academic year with each session delivered by outstanding practitioners and senior leaders. Forthcoming topics include ‘The creative classroom’, ‘Creating a climate for learning’ and ‘Meeting the needs of all learners.’

The first session was devoted to understanding the Teacher Standards and how these link with the new Ofsted requirements. Course participants completed a range of activities and the feedback was very positive. Comments included: ‘It was really useful to speak to other NQTs and share experiences - and of course learn from the experienced teachers' wisdom!’ ‘I feel more confident about what to expect and what I need to do’ and ‘Great advice given by the instructors about what to expect during the year.’

The course, which is accredited by the University of Northampton, enables participants to earn credits towards a Masters degree. Mrs Cristina Taboada-Naya, who led the session, alongside other teaching professionals, said: ‘This was a very positive start to what is going to be an exciting and challenging programme for our newly qualified colleagues. It is gratifying that there are so many people from a range of schools, both geographically and in both primary and secondary phases as there will be so much to learn from each other and many topics for discussion because of the diversity of schools involved.’

The Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance runs a range of courses, catering for newcomers to the profession right through to training for Headship. For more information on any of the courses available contact Brooke Weston.

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