The programme focuses on teachers who have recently completed a PGCE / Schools Direct or other Initial Teacher Programme.
The sessions focus heavily on Teaching and Learning but also on introducing you to our unique school and the Catholic ethos it is built on. The programme also aims to develop teachers more holistically by focusing on issues such as time management, work-life balance and using new technology to improve lessons.
The programme also looks at moving towards middle management and has specific sessions of Head of Line (Year) and Head of Department responsibilities. One such session focuses on using data to track vulnerable students and creating progress matrices. Each NQT has a mentor and receives full support from the department and also Professional Coordinating Mentor (PCM).
NQTs receive half termly observations and this frequency can increase if need be. NQTs also have the opportunity to attend weekly CPD sessions that are put in place for PGCE students. These sessions are run by experienced members of staff within the school who specialise in certain areas. Some NQT sessions are off site and ran by Merton council and this gives you the opportunity to network with other NQTs from around the borough.
NQTs teach a reduced timetable by 10%, this is to support their own development.
Feedback from current NQT cohort
“This is a school with a welcoming and positive ethos, to help nurture students into adults. As an NQT I have had a large number of opportunities to develop my teaching through CPD sessions from differentiation to making feedback effective. Also, I was provided with the opportunity to focus on career development; specifically, data analysis & being a head of year sessions."