New to teaching? Support for NQTs and RQTs

Teaching is exhilarating and rewarding; however, we recognise that the first five years of your teaching career can often prove to be demanding and exhausting.  With 33% of newly qualified teachers leaving teaching within the first 5 years, and 40% within the first 10 years (Department for Education, School workforce in England: June 2018), we recognise that we need to do what we can to give those joining the teaching profession the foundations and opportunities required for a long and rewarding career in education. At King Charles I School we aim to:

  • Provide a bespoke training programme enabling continual professional development to outstanding teaching across the early years of a teacher’s career, with flexibility to focus on teachers’ individual needs;
  • Create a community of motivated, self-reflective teachers who are committed to supporting one another to develop effective, research based teaching; and
  • Equip teachers with the necessary skills to progress to a promoted position following their fourth or fifth year of teaching.

Our support for NQTs consists of the following:

Whole school provision:

  • A paid programme of CPD during the summer term prior to starting;
  • Full induction prior to starting as an NQT;
  • A reduced teaching load;
  • Support managing workload and behaviour management;
  • Designated professional mentor;
  • Involvement in mentoring ITTs on the use of effective teaching strategies;
  • Involvement in Early Career Professional Learning Community:
  • Discussion of research underpinning KC1’s teaching and learning model
  • Implementation of research based teaching practice and subsequent reflection on the impact of this upon student learning
  • Coaching from RQTs
  • Regular no-stakes lesson observations focussed on on-going feedback helping you to continuously develop;
  • Access to the Haybridge Teaching School Alliance NQT programme including training sessions designed to support and promote professional development throughout your transition from ITT to NQT;
  • Opportunity to visit other schools; and
  • Opportunities to take part in school clubs and trips.

Departmental provision:

  • Weekly subject mentor meetings;
  • Programme of subject specific examination training involving:
  • Observations of experienced teachers’ exam preparation and feedback
  • Team teaching of exam classes
  • Team marking and moderation
  • Access to exam feedback courses
  • Access to examiner reports
  • Involvement in department collaborative planning;
  • Regular progress meeting with CAL/SAL;
  • Access to quality assured resources and collaboratively planned lessons; and
  • High frequency low stakes lesson observations and feedback.

Our offer for RQTs working with us consists of the following:

Whole school provision:

  • Full induction prior to starting
  • A reduced teaching load;
  • Designated professional mentor;
  • Regular no-stakes lesson observations focussed on on-going feedback helping you to continuously develop;
  • Coaching training;
  • Training on conducting classroom based research;
  • Shadowing opportunities across different leadership roles e.g. HOY, CAL/SAL, SENCO;
  • Opportunity to achieve nationally recognised qualifications such as NPQML or masters;
  • Involvement in the Early Career Professional Learning Community
  • Discussion of research underpinning KC1’s teaching and learning model
  • Implementation of research based teaching practice and subsequent reflection on the impact of this upon student learning
  • Participation in peer lesson drop-ins
  • Opportunity to coach NQTs and lead ECPLC sessions
  • Opportunity to visit other schools.

Departmental provision:

  • Subject mentor, consistent with NQT years where possible, to act as a point of contact within the department;
  • Continued programme of subject specific examination training (see above);
  • Involvement in department collaborative planning;
  • Access to quality assured resources and collaboratively planned lessons;
  • Opportunity to teach across all key stages, where appropriate; and ;
  • High frequency low stakes lesson observations and feedback.

Below is what our current NQTs think about working at the school and our support:

  • "I have been in the fortunate position to complete both my ITT and NQT years at King Charles I School. KCI is committed to getting the basics right: encouraging quality teaching through research-led CPD; raising students’ aspirations through high expectations; promoting staff and student well-being with a range of supportive strategies. This has allowed me to focus on my own teaching practice, becoming a reflective, independent practitioner and creating an engaging learning environment."
       Rachel, English NQT

  • "King Charles I is the consummate school to train in and it’s hard to imagine ever teaching anywhere else. Its research-informed approach to education has lowered unnecessary workload, made behaviour management nearly a thing of the past and emphasised professional development and collaboration. My ability to teach and enjoy teaching has improved enormously with the constant support and mentoring of an incredible department and the whole staff."
       Harry, English NQT

  • "I learnt more in the first half term at King Charles I School than I did during my whole training year. As a new teacher I feel fully supported in every aspect of my job. The school offers fantastic teaching and learning opportunities and everyone works together in order to continually improve and be the best we can."
       Rachael, Science RQT

  • "Working at King Charles as an NQT has been a fantastic experience. The support from the senior leadership team and fellow colleagues is superb. The students at KC1 are some of the most responsive and willing to learn I have come across. It's a pleasure to work at the school."
      
    Greg, PE/Maths RQT

  • "The support I have received as a NQT has been exceptional.  The English department really try to help me with understanding the behaviour policy and the curriculum.  We work together to create lesson plans and also tried to minimise our workload.  My mentor also listens to my concerns and fully supports me in my work as a new teacher.  I really cannot thank King Charles I School enough for providing such a supportive, warm and caring environment."
       Joanna, English RQT

  • "Whilst working at King Charles, I have been fully supported with my progression as a teacher, not only from the PE department, but across the whole school. Adopting a research-led approach combined with collaborative planning has meant that workload is reduced, therefore promoting teacher wellbeing. This has allowed me to enjoy the teaching experience both in and out of the classroom."
       Kat, PE NQT

  • "Training and working at King Charles I School as ITT and NQT has been a fantastic experience. The school is well set up to provide a great classroom experience where teachers get to focus on teaching. The behaviour policies fully support staff in creating a calm working environment. The school has a research-based approach. This means the techniques and theory you learn in training sessions are backed by quality educational research. At King Charles I have felt confident and supported to become the best teacher I can be, which in turn has supported students to become the best they can be."
       Callum, Science NQT

  • "I have really enjoyed my experience as an NQT at King Charles 1 High School. After having completed my first placement here during my PGCE it was reassuring knowing I was going to be working at an exceptional school with high expectations for all students and where quality teaching is at the forefront of every lesson. The support I have received from my mentor, my department and the senior leadership team has allowed me to become a reflective and resilient practitioner."
       Lucy, Maths NQT

 
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