Preparing for Middle Leadership Programme 2019 - 2020

This year's Primary NQT Conference has just taken place and the feedback from teachers attending last week has been excellent. However, the reality is:

"Not enough early career teachers receive the high-quality support they need to build the foundation for a successful career."

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, January 2019

In response to the recently published Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Bury Teaching Schools Alliance (BTSA) is delighted to announce the launch of our RQT Professional Development Programme. This long course is being facilitated by outstanding practitioners working in Bury and is targeted towards early career teachers. The programme will run between September 2019 and June 2020. It builds upon our successful NQT Programme and will offer the next steps in supporting our early career teachers in Bury schools.

We believe that RQTs and early career teachers within their first five years of teaching would greatly benefit from this programme. We would also urge you to consider other members of staff who you feel would benefit from attending a preparing for middle leadership course.

Our SLEs have ensured the content of the programme is relevant to teachers from all settings. The programme will consist of six half day sessions (2pm - 5pm) throughout the academic year with exit tasks to complete ahead of next sessions. Delegates will also plan a school improvement project and complete this with assistance from a critical friend, if required. These projects will be presented to all delegates and facilitators at the final celebration session.

Topics covered on the programme will include:

  • Subject Leadership
  • Understanding Data, Marking, Feedback and Moderation
  • Developing Teaching and Learning from Good to Outstanding
  • Health and Wellbeing, Developing Resilience, Managing Difficult Conversations and Working As Part of a Team
  • Overcoming Barriers to Learning
  • Planning a School Improvement Project and Project Presentations

The course will be delivered at The Training Hub at St John's CE Primary School and therefore numbers are strictly limited to 26.

We are proud of the hard work that has gone into creating this bespoke course in response to locally identified need and feedback. We are pleased to advise that we have been able to greatly reduce the cost of the programme to £420 per delegate (to be invoiced ahead of the first session in the new academic year). There may be the opportunity to attend standalone sessions, however this would depend upon the overall number of delegates attending the course and venue limitations.

To reserve your place/s please contact the BTSA team on 0161 766 1597 (option 4) or by email on or advising of the delegate name, school and contact email address