The NQT provision includes various activities that build on the professional learning that took place within Initial Teacher Training. All sessions and activities require reflection and NQTs are encouraged to share their experiences and perceptions. NQTs are also given strategies in order for them to develop their practice further.
NQTs meet with their allocated NQT Mentors every fortnight. This meeting should allow the NQT to reflect on the progress that they are making in relation to Teacher Standards. It is also an opportunity to plan how to address areas for development. In addition to this, various learning walks/ observations will generate evidence and discussion points. Three formal assessments are completed that are externally moderated by The National Forest Teaching School, the chosen awarding body.
All NQTs are responsible for co-ordinating their own remission time (equivalent to 10% – 2 hours per week including a meeting slot), this must be an activity that contributes towards professional development and can include observations, meetings, professional reading or any other suitable activity.
Professional Learning Sessions take place after school. The topics covered have been identified based on feedback from previous cohorts and relate to typical training needs. Bespoke, personalised sessions will also be provided as required.
It is important to remember that whilst guidance will be provided by Mrs Copestake and NQT Mentors, all NQTs are responsible for their own professional development and must seek support as and when required.