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  • NQT here we come!

    Thought-provoking session on preparation for the best possible start as an NQT

    Friday 22nd June saw a fantastic training session in the SCITT when Aimee Bell, our NQT and RQT Coordinator, came to deliver an informative and thought-provoking session on preparation for the best possible start as an NQT in 2018 – 19.

    The session included an opportunity to ask advice from current NQTs about key issues such as time management, the importance of work – life balance and well-being as well as managing marking and the positive impact of involvement in whole – school activities outside your subject area. Feedback from the trainees was extremely positive:

    ‘The opportunity to share our questions about next year with current NQTs was really useful’.

    ‘Joe Palethorpe, SCITT trainee.

    ‘Having an expert in the field address our worries has left me feeling confident to meet the challenges of the year ahead’.

    Guy Venables and Amber Collinge, SCITT Trainees.

    ‘Today has prepared us effectively for our first steps in our new careers’.

    Tim Vickerman, SCITT Trainee.

    ‘It has been a pleasure to work with the trainees today, as they are so enthusiastic and I am very excited to see their work as NQTs.’

    Aimee Bell NQT and RQT Coordinator.

    Posted 22/06/2018 by Main News

  • Last half term of trainee teachers!

    NTS trainees get set for QTS completion and graduation

    Its hard to believe how quickly the training year goes by with our current cohort making plans for completion dates. On 13th July we have a celebration and graduation event with all trainees and invited guest speakers to mark the end of the course.

    The event is usually one of the highlights of the year celebrating the giving of the Professional award of Qualified Teacher Status.

    The social team organise special awards prizes and an evening social event.

    Prior to this trainees are working hard to become the best teachers possible, securing NQT jobs and collecting resources and evidence for their final portfolio submission. This year much resources are stored on our central Nova /SCITT portal as to allow for secure and easy access. Not long to go class of 2017-18!

    Posted 24/05/2018 by Main News

  • Training day - embedding Maths skills into curriculum

    Trainees recieve further training to ensure Maths and literacy is promoted in all subjects

    At NTS we ensure that all of our trainees are secure in understanding that no matter what your subject specialism is that our collective responsibility is to develop wider pupil skills in Maths and Literacy. This becomes increasingly important when many children start year 7 below the level expected in Maths and Literacy and later may face challenges in accessing the new GCSE demanding specification. Training today has been delivered by Secondary Maths specialist Jonno Ubbi and in follow up weeks additional literacy training delivered by Amie Bell.

    Posted 04/05/2018 by Main News

  • Core Training: Assessment for learning, Pupil progress and Differentiation

    Trainees recieve additional training in 3 key areas to ensure high levels of QTS performance

    At NTS trainees continue to get stretched and challenged to ensure that ALL pupils make Progress and that at every point during the lesson the teachers are confidently checking that learning improvements are taking place.

    Todays training was to enable trainees to consolidate their own successes and experience to date by sharing ideas, good practice and hearing from outstanding teachers about checking learners progress (Assessment for Learning). Often it can be seen as a very complicated process, but it really isn't:

    Are ALL pupils making good progress? How do we know they are?

    Posted 20/04/2018 by Main News

  • NQT Training Session 1: Behaviour for Learning

    Our first NQT session of the year was a huge success. It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces

    Phil Hunt (Assistant Head, Garibaldi School) delivered an engaging and active session on Behaviour for Learning, with a particular focus on dis-engaged pupils. There were a number of strategies to take away and our NQTs all left keen and eager to implement them in their classrooms.

    It was a joy to see the collaboration between NQTs from such a variety of schools and they were all keen to discuss a range of teaching strategies as well as reflect on their teaching practise.

    We can’t wait to see you all again after Christmas – keep an eye out for the next date in your diary!

    “Fantastic session which has allowed us to reflect on our own practice.”

    “Great Session - will definitely try and implement strategies in my classroom.”

    “Good quality videos and opportunities to learn from more experienced professionals.”

    “Lots of de-escalation strategies given, will try to apply instead of forced immediate consequences.”

    Posted 30/11/2017 by Main News

  • Amazing Subject Knowledge Development!

    NTS trainees continuous push on developing curriculum specific subject knowledge

    Our latest Subject Day at NTS was a real hit with the trainees, who had the opportunity to further enhance their subject specific knowledge around the the theme of ' Demonstrating Good Curriculum Knowledge'. The Science Lead Tutors set up an amazing day of experiments across Biology, Chemistry and Physics for an afternoon of awe and wonder with the trainees in their department and the Modern Foreign Languages teachers were busily communicating in a number of different foreign languages! 'Time spent in our subject groups is so useful and rewarding' and ' super useful - great to have so many teaching resources shared' were some of the positive comments received in our feedback. Thanks Subject Leads - we are looking forward to the next Subject Day in December already, when creative differentiation will be on the menu!

    Posted 20/11/2017 by Main News

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