Newly / Recently Qualified Teacher Programme 2020/21

‘Aiming High - A Virtual Professional Development Programme for Newly / Recently Qualified Teachers NQTs / RQTs’

Aims and Objectives

Why Aiming High?

The outcomes achieved by any pupil, in any classroom setting, will be the result of four key influences - the competence of the facilitators, a conducive learning environment, the confidence of the learners and a rigorous learning process. Highly effective teaching and learning is the product of significant degrees of professional analysis and reflection; it requires professionals to be innovative and to establish a set of professional beliefs that are supported by evidence.

Aiming high is a virtual professional development programme that seeks to explore how a professional, within any classroom setting, can offer the most effective learning experiences for every young learner. This programme will explore effective teaching, essential pedagogical approaches and what teachers can do to offer deep learning across the curriculum. For any school to improve, there is a need for professional consistency throughout, together with shared expectations around highly effective professional practice.  Teachers should be looking to create an environment that is conducive to challenging, higher-order thinking and that supports high-engagement in all learning experiences.

Who is it aimed at?

How is it run?

Aiming high is a professional development programme, specifically designed for NQTs, and consists of 10  three-hour virtual workshops.  Each session focuses on discreet aspects of successful classroom practice, effective teaching and learning and necessary professional skills and behaviours.

Our programme seeks to deepen delegates understanding around the principles of highly effective teaching and  learning whilst offering a range of practical ideas and strategies for use in any classroom.  Throughout each module, delegates will be introduced to a range of learning tools and supported in considering how these might be developed within their own professional practice.

Delegates will get an opportunity to network with other newly and recently qualified teachers, and schools are encouraged to accommodate requests from the delegates to spend time in each other’s schools outside of the course dates where possible.

Programme

Programme

Aiming high has been specifically designed and developed around 10 key learning themes and 10 key learning questions (KLQs):

Module 1 Thursday 1 October 2020 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – Begin with the end in mind K.L.Q. – What type of professional do I actually want to be? Explore what an individual must do to become a truly effective professional and a valuable member of any school team. Consider issues around professional capital, professional accountability and professional mindset and how the attitude of any teacher is the biggest determining factor on that individual’s future success.

Module 2 Thursday 15 October 2020 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – Put first things first K.L.Q. – How do I make sure I prioritise and manage my time effectively? Explore how an effective professional, in any setting, is able to prioritise and identify clear learning goals for professional growth.  Consider the role of professional wellbeing and how an individual maintains a balance between work and life. 

Module 3 Wednesday 11 November 2020 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – Wellbeing and psychological safety K.L.Q. – How do I ensure I am catering for the wellbeing, psychological safety and emotional needs of my pupils? Consider the role of wellbeing and emotional intelligence within any classroom setting.  Look at relationships and how these can be fostered to ensure each individual feels a sense of psychological safety to share their ‘voice’. Explore a specific classroom technique that can be adopted to engage pupils in open-discussion around sensitive issues - Philosophy for Children.

Module 4 Thursday 26 November  2020 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – A classroom culture for learning K.L.Q. – How do I create an appropriate classroom setting that caters for the needs of my pupils? Explore the features and characteristics of a conducive classroom environment.  Consider how a teacher can adopt simple, but effective strategies that can ensure all learners have a sense of belonging and feel motivated to learn. Look at a range of simple routines and rituals and how these can be embedded on a daily basis

Module 5 Wednesday 20 January  2021 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – Getting the basics right K.L.Q. – What are the essential pedagogical principles and strategies for effective teaching and learning? Consider pedagogy, pedagogical approaches and specific classroom techniques that have a significant impact on pupil learning.  Individuals will be supported in taking a rigorous and analytical inquiry into their own classroom practice, reflecting on strengths and weakness and identifying next steps.

Module 6 Thursday 4 February 2021 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – Planning for greater-depth K.L.Q. – How do I ensure all pupils have the opportunity to experience deeper learning across the whole curriculum? Consider different types of learning and how teachers can plan and offer greater-depth learning experiences.  Consider the key strategies for deeper learning and how these can be embedded within intentionally planned learning process.  Explore how we can vary practice to meet more specific needs.

Module 7  Thursday 4 March 2021 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme K.L.Q. – How do I develop effective interaction and communication strategies that impact on pupil outcomes? Explores the vital role of interaction and speaking and listening within highly effective learning experiences. Consider a range of  essential features for highly effective interaction and will look at issues around levels of dialogue and how teachers can use carefully planned interaction to effectively scaffold learning.

Module 8 Thursday 18 March 2021 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – There is more learning in the question K.L.Q. – How do I use questioning and my questioning skills to develop deeper understanding for all pupils? Explore questioning in all its different forms.  An ability to use questioning as a process to guide pupils towards a deeper level of understanding is a real art and this session will consider different taxonomies of classroom questions, how a teacher can build confidence with a range of question techniques and how a teacher can build the capacity of teaching assistants around their use of questioning

Module 9 Thursday 29 April 2021 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – The confident learner K.L.Q. –  In which ways can I support every pupil in becoming more confident, in themselves, as a lifelong learner? Consider the critical aspect of metacognition and how this can be developed within every classroom.   Global research into impact of classroom interventions identified metacognition as one of the classroom approaches with the highest effect size.  Metacognition is more than a few words on a classroom wall and requires a carefully selected toolkit of strategies and tools that support every pupil in developing the skills of being an effective learner…in any situation.

Module 10  Wednesday 16 June 2021 1430 - 1730

Key learning theme – Moving forwards K.L.Q. –  How can I continue to grow and develop, as a professional, to be the best version of me? Begin to look forward to a 2nd year in teaching…and beyond.  Consider how an individual can further develop in self-awareness and responsibility. Explore how a teacher can look to have an impact on whole school effectiveness, beyond their own classroom, and engage in leadership.

Other Details

Course Leader: Andy Hind 

In recent years, Andy Hind has worked with a number of local authorities and Teaching School Alliances to develop a programme of professional development for newly qualified teachers.  Andy is a former primary school headteacher who has built an international reputation for his innovative and inspirational approach to teacher training. 

He gains immense professional satisfaction through working with newcomers to the profession and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge required to make the induction year a springboard to a successful career.

Feedback from previous cohorts of NQTs indicates that Andy’s sessions provide them with an invaluable foundation of learning in the early stages of their career.  Following a hugely successful programme run through Pickwick Learning last year we are delighted to be able to offer this exciting programme again this year.  Evaluations from delegates are consistently positive.

Session date: 

October 2020 - June 2021

Venue: 

Virtual via Zoom

Testimonial: 

 “Andy is an inspirational practitioner who truly cares for the development and success of those he works with and the future of education” - Verity Thorne, NQT, Stanton St Quinton

 

“A really engaging day with lots of advice” -  Caroline Tout, NQT, Dilton Marsh School.

Cost: £450 for series of 10 3hr sessions (per delegate). (alliance members) or £500 for series of 10 3hr sessions (per delegate). (non alliance) per delegate

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