School of Education training programme for newly qualified teachers is a big success

Wednesday, 07 January 2015

The School of Education has recently launched a series of educational workshops for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) during their first year of teaching. The Primary NQT Training Programme is run in pa

The School of Education has recently launched a series of educational workshops for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) during their first year of teaching. The Primary NQT Training Programme is run in partnership with the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance.

The workshops have been a big success with approximately 50 students from 40 different schools attending each workshop. The sessions cover a course of guidance and support, providing the tools NQTs will need to be successful teachers.

The Primary NQT Training Programme has been designed to provide a range of experiences across core subjects and professional skills. Each session has been designed to allow the presentation of key ideas and concepts - together with time for 'hands on' skill development and discussion. The sessions are carefully evaluated - with ideas and suggestions built into subsequent workshops. This allows tailoring of the programme to meet the needs of the cohort.

During the programme the School of Education are also giving opportunities for pastoral support outside the formal NQT processes. Each session begins with a 'baggage check-in' allowing participants to record their main concerns about their progress. These are shared with the whole group anonymously and support is given by a senior member of the School of Education. The programme also provides access to an additional development tool during the programme. Participants have the option of using IRIS video capture to record their teaching and receive informal feedback from School of Education staff members.

Each 3-hour workshop has a specific theme as well as focused discussion about progress and support. Themes include: Professional skills (time management, working with other professionals and parents, record keeping); Effective behaviour for learning (creating learning focused classrooms); Assessment for learning (marking, feedback and informing planning); Developing literacy through literature; Differentiation in maths (ensuring progress for all); Effective science teaching (investigation-led approaches); Computing and technology enhance learning.

James Bird, Senior Lecturer in Education, who helps facilitate the workshops said:

Keeping in touch with our NQTs and supporting them in the early part of their career is a key priority for us. As well as continuing to support our students while they develop key teaching skills the group provides an informal link for pastoral support during the year.
The ongoing development of NQTs as effective and outstanding teachers is the primary aim for the training programme. Click here for more information about the NQT training workshops and how to book.