From September 2020, Bury LA will be part of the national pilot for the Early Career Teacher Programme. This fully funded two-year programme is being offered by four providers and is a unique, blended learning experience that will give NQTs and their mentors high-quality, evidence informed training linked directly to the Early Career Framework. If you have appointed an NQT from September 2020, then please make sure that you have registered with one of the providers.
In an attempt to support our primary NQTs, Bury Teaching Schools Alliance has compiled a local face-to-face offer which will be facilitated by four of our experienced SLEs: Elliot Costas-Walker, Rebecca Hudson, Jessica Johnson and Adam Chase. Between them they have a vast array of experience, knowledge and skills gained from teaching in a range of contexts.
The team has planned a series of specially selected sessions that complement and enhance the Early Career Teacher Programme modules. Most importantly, our sessions will offer an opportunity for Bury NQTs to meet and to network with one another face-to-face - this is something that the remote learning experience built into the pilot programmes does not seem to do often enough.
The BTSA Primary Programme consists of 8 twilight sessions and will run periodically from 4.00pm until 6.00pm on Thursdays across the year. We have deliberately chosen these timings because we do not wish to interfere with busy teaching schedules as schools will now be welcoming back all pupils in all year groups after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the partial closure of schools.
Due to the continued requirement to adhere to social-distancing rules, the first two twilight sessions will be delivered remotely using Zoom. The remaining sessions will be held in small venues to encourage networking opportunities and active engagement and participation. We have also planned an exciting day Conference in June 2021 for NQTs and mentors to attend together.
The total cost of this year's primary programme is £300 per NQT and includes an additional place at the summer conference for their mentor. The conference will be held at the Village Hotel, Bury.
All our NQTs will be given a copy of the ' The Early Career Framework Handbook' that was published earlier this month by the Chartered College of Teaching.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to supplement the training offered through the national pilot and we do hope that it will be something you will consider supporting next academic year.
If you would like to reserve a place for your NQT on the primary programme then please e-mail the BTSA team at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
NQT Name/s/ NQT E-mail address/ Name of school/ Chosen ECF Provider