NQT Training: Striving for Excellence
Course Date: 
22 September, 2016
Future Dates: 
13 October, 2016 17 November, 2016 26 January, 2017 16 March, 2017 27 April, 2017 15 June, 2017
Course Times: 
1:30 - 4:00pm
Exwick Heights Primary School
£320 for members of Exeter Consortium and £450 for non-members (10% discount on the total cost for a school sending more than one NQT)

Please note: you only have to book once for all sessions. Once booked, you are expected to turn up to all sessions. 

This essential NQT training course is delivered by Emma Slaven, a nationally recognised NQT Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and an experienced outstanding primary practitioner. All sessions will take place at the highly regarded Teaching School, Exwick Heights Primary, where Emma is the Deputy Headteacher.

The seven session course will fully support and complement your own school based NQT training and aims to unpick the characteristics of good and outstanding teaching and learning which underpin pupil progress. The sessions will be personalised and adapted to the needs of the attendees and will be focused on developing a secure understanding of the Teaching Standards.

Training content to include:

  • NQT expectations & entitlements
  • Progressing learning through effective marking feedback
  • Planning and differentiation for all groups of children
  • Understanding and using assessment and data to take learning forward
  • Working effectively with colleagues and support staff
  • Developing good learning behaviours
  • Working with parents and carers to embed learning

The training will be comprised of seven Thursday afternoon sessions (1:30 – 4:00pm) spread across the academic year, plus a morning for observing and exploring high quality teaching and learning in a local school. Session one will offer training for NQT Induction Tutors. Experienced Senior Leaders /SLEs will also be drawn upon for key sessions.

Emma Slaven is the Deputy Headteacher at Exwick Heights Primary School, a larger than average outstanding primary and teaching school located in the heart of Exeter. She has been a teacher for 20 years and has taught in a variety of settings and year groups. Having been involved in the professional development of Newly Qualified Teachers for many years, supporting staff early in their profession is a real passion of hers. She was on the team of the successful Exeter Consortium training course last year; is the Induction Tutor in her own school and has been awarded the recognition of a  ‘Special Leader in Education’ as a NQT specialist. 


“A vibrant  course with all the real ‘need to knows’ for your induction year with support from great trainers and a perfect way to meet like-minded people with the same issues keeping them awake at night!”
Amy Taylor, NQT, Ladysmith Infants School

“This year our school have had a number of NQTs attending this course. Without exception they have gained much from the sessions and been able to develop a high quality support network.”
Stuart Busby, Headteacher and NLE, Redhills Primary School

"I would highly recommend the NQT course for all NQTs. The sessions are directly related to the individual experiences we have in our classrooms. As a result, my understanding of my pupils developed and I now have a range of strategies and techniques to use in a variety of situations. 

The NQT course also allowed me to meet other NQTs in similar positions as my own. Having others to talk to about concerns (or to rant about the current year 6 exemplifications) is so important, and despite having mentors and supportive colleagues in school, talking to people who feel exactly how you feel can lift spirits and make you feel like you're not alone. 

The trainers are approachable and genuinely care about our time in the classroom. They try their utmost to structure the course around our needs and concerns, and have provided opportunities to see the variety of ways education is delivered. 

 My classroom practice has been moulded throughout this course, and has made me more confident in the classroom. I would strongly advise all NQTs to attend this course as it provides the perfect opportunity to consolidate your understanding of topics covered in teacher training, but with a relevant context - your own class!"
Jacob Martin, Bowhill Primary School 

“The course is meticulously crafted to include invaluable seminars that aim to promote the development of its NQT'S. The venue provides a welcoming atmosphere that fosters positive and open discussion amongst fellow NQT's, who are are all experiencing the same challenges at this stage of their teaching career. The course is led by leading practitioners, who endeavour to provide support and advice throughout this challenging transition.”
Shane Gill, NQT, Montgomery Primary School 

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Please note that your school budget share will be debited on ledger code 7926 up to two weeks prior to attendance at this course, in line with the cancellation policy.

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Course location, programme and any course materials will normally be sent to you prior to the start of the course. All cancellations must be sent in writing as soon as the applicant is aware that they are unable to attend. If the cancellation is received 6 weeks (or 30 working days) or more prior to the start of the course, cancellation will be free of charge. If the cancellation is received between 6 weeks and two weeks (10 working days) prior to the start of the course a cancellation charge of 50% of the course fee will apply. If the cancellation is received after this point a cancellation charge of 100% of the course fee will apply. Exeter Consortium has the right to amend or cancel any courses as a result of unforeseen circumstances.

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