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University Hosts Event to Support Newly Qualified Teachers

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The University of Worcester recently welcomed back several of its teaching graduates for the first in a series of tailored events to support newly qualified teachers (NQTs).

The University – originally founded as a teacher training college – is rated as Outstanding by education watchdog OFSTED, and is the teacher training partner of choice for over 500 schools.

The ongoing NQT events programme has been designed to provide additional support and guidance to teaching graduates during their first year in employment, and to give them an opportunity to network and reflect with both peers and University academic staff.

The first of these events took place at the end of November, and focused on a variety of subjects, including transitions from trainee to teacher, time management and workload, behaviour management, and PE and inclusion.

Genea Alexander, Primary NQT Co-ordinator, said: “The first NQT event was a huge success and it was an absolute pleasure to engage with our NQTs as teaching professionals.

“We’ve had some wonderful, positive feedback from the NQTs who attended, with many of them saying that the event helped them to address some of the issues they face as a newly qualified teacher and how they will put new ideas into practice immediately.

“They’ve also told us that they found it extremely helpful spending time with recently qualified teachers, who have completed their NQT year, overcoming similar challenges.”

The second event is planned for February, and will consider curriculum development with a specific focus on inspirational learning and teaching strategies. Invites will be sent out to all recent teaching graduates prior to the event.