Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) Professional Development 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 have been listening to the feedback offered by our NQTs and we have developed this bespoke professional development programme to support school leaders in growing capacity by encouraging our early career teachers to take the next steps in influencing and leading change both inside and outside their own classrooms and learning spaces.

The BTSA RQT Programme will consist of:

  • Ten half day training sessions held across the academic year
  • A residential overnight conference with a high-profile keynote speaker
  • The opportunity to make a critical friend and visit each other's schools
  • The opportunity for a school-based project to impact on key stage or whole school priorities

We will aim to develop:

  • Subject leadership/ curriculum expertise
  • Confidence in understanding how assessment can be used to support next steps in learning, including how to use marking, feedback and moderation as part of an assessment toolkit
  • Health and well-being, including managing workload, resilience and surviving difficult conversations
  • Working effectively as part of a team and multi-agency working
  • An understanding of how research evidence can be used to impact upon the quality of teaching and learning including an exploration of metacognition and self-regulation
  • Deploying TAs effectively and overcoming barriers to learning
  • The effective teaching of reading across Key Stage 1 and 2
  • Aspiration for leadership - career pathways and a school-based learning project

The total cost of participation in all aspects of the programme will be £800 per delegate, payable just before the course commences in September 2019.

There are a total of 26 places available which will be allocated in order of application. Places can be reserved by contacting Jo Seddon or Lynsey Silcock at Bury Teaching Schools Alliance on 0161 766 1597 (option 4) or by email:

Applications should be received no later than: 18th April 2019

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