Following the appointment of Newly Qualified Teachers to Honywood School, they are invited to work within the school for at least a week prior to taking up their position. This provides an opportunity for them to become more familiar with the physical environment we learn within as well as to start to understand our educational philosophy.
Once the term has begun NQTs are provided with a bespoke training programme that links into the whole school learning and development programme as well as the national teacher standards. This programme incorporates training sessions which are designed to be adaptive to the individual NQT’s emerging needs and priorities. Honywood coordinates NQT training via a series of conferences for a wider group of local schools through the Professional Learning Network which are held six times a year. The conferences provide NQTs from the wider local area a chance to meet and work alongside colleagues placed in local schools at the same stage of their careers.
NQTs have a weekly mentoring session with their dedicated subject mentor who deals with both the minutiae of everyday school life as well as developing their NQT’s pedagogy. In addition to this Professional Tutor who is a member of the Leadership Team, currently Phaedra Bishop has oversight for the NQTs and ensures that they are fully supported during their first year of teaching.
NQTs have regular learning session observations; these are conducted by a range of staff, including their mentor, Subject Development Leaders, Advanced Skills Teachers, Specialist Leaders of Education and members of the Leadership Team. They also have the opportunity to observe more experienced staff and to go to another school for internship should they require this.