At STAGS we welcome NQTs as colleagues every year and aim to provide a high quality induction programme. We use Herts for Learning as our Appropriate Body and all NQTs are registered with them. Our NQT Induction Programme is coordinated by the Professional Mentor and we follow the guidance from Herts for Learning about the arrangements for NQT support, this includes the following:
A Subject Mentor is assigned to every NQT and meetings for the NQT to meet their Subject Mentor are scheduled on both parties’ timetables. Records of action points are kept and form the basis of ongoing discussions.
Timetables for NQTs reflect 90% of a full time teacher’s timetable. This 10% release time is used for the NQT to observe experienced colleagues and carry out other supported tasks (such as moderation of marking with departmental colleagues or meetings with specialist colleagues such as SENCOs etc).
Observations of the NQT’s teaching are carried out on a half termly basis and are conducted by the Professional Mentor, Subject Mentor (possibly in association with the Curriculum Leader) and the Head Teacher throughout the year.
NQTs receive a termly report which is written by the Subject Mentor and reviewed by the Professional Mentor before being submitted to the Appropriate Body.
Subject specific professional development opportunities are identified for all NQTs and are supported by STAGS.
We also run our own ‘in house’ professional studies sessions on a weekly basis throughout the first year of the NQT’s induction. These sessions are focused on school systems and the application of pedagogical concepts within the school context. A variety of colleagues deliver these sessions and it is an opportunity for the NQTs to consider their classroom practice with the chance to have feedback from the group discussions.
Support for NQTs is readily available and we work with all colleagues to ensure that the induction period is completed successfully. NQTs are encouraged to talk to their Subject Mentor or the Professional Mentor if issues arise so that a timely solution can be found.
Many of our colleagues at STAGS joined as NQTs and have progressed through their career to reach various leadership positions. These professional development opportunities are encouraged and our support for Recently Qualified Teachers (RQTs) reflects this. If you would like to know more or discuss opportunities further, please contact our Professional Learning Mentor, Tessa Miles at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The first year of teaching can be daunting and stressful, but the variety of sessions held by colleagues ensured that I was prepared for the experience and supported along the way.
The weekly sessions were not only useful for things that weren’t covered in the ITT year but also allowed us to gain insight into other areas such as the use of technology in the classroom and being a form tutor"
"NQT/RQT - I've thoroughly enjoyed the induction programme at STAGS. I have felt both supported and enlightened by the programme put together by the school. It is really beneficial to have a chance to talk to members of staff delivering the training sessions and fellow trainees"