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Beyond Initial Teacher Training

NQTs and RQTs Pages - Alumni from the University of Wolverhampton

Through your initial teacher training (ITT) at the University of Wolverhampton we provided you with an experience that helps build firm foundations for a successful career. As alumni, we remain committed to supporting you during the early stages of your career as both newly (NQT) and recently qualified teachers (RQT).

Your initial teacher education provided the knowledge, understanding and connections that will prove valuable during your career. As reflective professionals we hope you continue to harness and cultivate the core aspects of teaching and learning developed on your course. You invested heavily in your ITT programme with us, both financial and with regards the amount of time and personal sacrifices made. We see part of our responsibility to be supporting your continued development.

Members of our initial teacher training teams have dedicated time to help you with individual support, guidance and professional development opportunities. During 2021 we are offering Early Career Teacher Meets, one to one support, job application guidance, suggested courses and the chance to feedback to our ITT steering body on your experiences in school thus far.

We're committed to supporting you in this transition and we are available talk with you about what you have covered within your ITE course. On completion of your programme we send clear targets to your employing school so that they understand your career starting point. We can also help you to understand how to access masters’ study and how this could benefit your long term aspirations.

From Sept 2021 the Early Career framework will roll out throughout England. This will replace the NQT induction year with a two year Early Career package of support for newly qualified teachers.

This Early Career Framework (ECF) is a development from the Department for Education. It offers a framework and resources to support newly qualified teachers and their mentors. The programme is a core component of DfE plans to increase retention of early career teachers. This webinar provides a detailed overview of the ECF and is led by key members of staff from areas involved in the pilot ECF in 2019-20.

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Key Information

Presently, NQTs complete an induction period of a year, this is usually completed during their first teaching appointment. NQT arrangements for the Year 2020-2021 can be found here . The DfE’s statutory current guidance provides a detailed overview of the NQT process up until Sept 2021 and provides answers to most questions that arise.

The ITT team at the University of Wolverhampton is here to help your transition to the school workplace. Your NQT school mentor will provide everyday help and guidance but remember that we are here to guide you with appropriate aspects of your teaching activity. We can also provide a listening ear, advice and encouragement.

These pages also provide an overview of useful websites, links to professional bodies and copies of national guidance documentation that will prove useful during this crucial period.

FAQ's

As part of our on-going commitment to our alumni, we actively track the onward path of our trainees.  Please let us know your current school, contact details and how you are getting on with your career!  The following contact details will also connect you with familiar faces should you need to talk.

 

 

Ensure that you are clear of your role and responsibilities as a NQT. Understand your job description and consider the roles and responsibilities of colleagues such as your NQT mentor, headteacher, governors and your appropriate body. Read and understand the statutory guidance for your induction period and note details that you need to discuss.

Once appointed you should visit your school and begin to communicate with your NQT mentor. Many school policies will be available via the school website and a staff handbook will contain useful procedural information. Try to access existing medium term planning documentation and build a picture of the themes you may be required to teach. When possible, share your NQT Passport/CEDP with your mentor as this will inform the initial steps of your induction.

Assessment of your practice during your induction period is similar to those when undertaking your training but with higher expectations.

The Teachers’ Standards remain the criteria against which you are assessed. Regular monitoring, classroom observations and discussion with your mentor, allow your progress to be regularly reviewed. The induction period allows you to raise your proficiency even further so the teacher standards are consistently met and exceeded during your everyday practice.  The school, usually in partnership with an “appropriate body”, such as a local authority or one of 6 providers accredited by the Department for Education will specify how your progress is documented and reviewed and your training needs met.

Sometimes NQTs undertake their induction period in more than one setting. Currently, an NQT may complete their first two terms in one school, then final term in another. Partial terms cannot count in this process. Employing schools register the NQT and support them through the period of the statutory induction. The DFE state that further information and guidance to on the national roll-out of the early career framework reforms will be published in March 2021.

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