NQT Professional Development

NQT Professional Development

Fox Primary School is one of England’s top performing primary schools, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Fox is a centre of excellence for teacher continued professional development, delivering external training for new and experienced teachers in both the state and independent sectors, as well as the NQT programme for two London Boroughs – Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Lead teachers, experts in their field, develop and run all courses in the midst of a vibrant, dynamic school. This means there is always an opportunity to observe Outstanding lessons and take away resources that will support and enhance teaching. Over 600 teachers received CPD at Fox last year, of which 100% rated their course as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’. All courses are geared towards the new National Curriculum.

NQT  Programme 17/18 Course info

Early Years Foundation Stage

Fox is part of the Early Years Good Practice Network. By attending an Early Years course at Fox, you will have the opportunity to learn from highly-experienced lead teachers who draw upon extensive practical experience in the classroom and as managers of Early Years settings. Our Early Years leader has mentored NQTs in a diverse range of settings across two London boroughs and has worked alongside experienced teachers in struggling nursery and reception classes to improve provision and attainment, with excellent results. She has lead training for NQTS for three years and is able to provide tailored support and advice that takes the needs of attendees and their pupils into account. Our courses include opportunities for observation in Nursery and Reception classes.


Introduction to the course programme for mentors, school leaders and NQTs, Tuesday 13th June 2017 4.30-5.30pm, Fox Primary School: A session to preview the coverage of the NQT programme across the year with strategies on how to make the most of professional development opportunities.  There will be the opportunity to meet and talk with course leaders to share desired outcomes and specific requirements for NQTs over the programme.


Behaviour for Learning, Wednesday 13th September 2017: Developing an understanding of the pupils in their classes and how to create an inclusive environment is crucial for NQTs. The aim of this session is to develop strategies to create optimal conditions for learning and to promote quality teaching. NQTs will leave with strategies and immediate steps they can take to address behaviour issues in the classroom.  This session will take place at Ashburnham Primary School and will involve a learning walk. 


Phonics, Tuesday 26th September 2017: A systematic and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics is essential to support all pupils in making good progress in reading and writing across the Foundation Stage and KS1.  This course will support teachers in developing sound subject knowledge, a clear overview of progression in line with the new curriculum, with an excellent understanding of how to structure sessions from Phase 1 to Phase 6.  There will be opportunities to observe and analyse lessons. 


Working with Adults: Managing TAs and developing relationships with parents, Tuesday 17th October 2017:  This practical session will explore how NQTs can develop positive working relationships with parents, how to manage support staff and work with other professional colleagues effectively.  The course encourages NQTs to reflect on and establish their classroom culture and values, which act as a platform to build and develop their working relationships upon.  The course looks in detail at the role of the Teaching Assistant within the classroom setting and how to maximise and develop them effectively. 


Planning in the EYFS, Tuesday 7th November 2017: Planning in the Early Years is a complicated but creative process. In this course, we will discuss the Revised Early Years Curriculum and how to plan for experiences which enable children to achieve the expectations laid out in this framework. We will evaluate different approaches to planning with reference to key Early Years principles and discuss how planning should support the development of the Characteristics of Effective Learning. We will look at the various aspects of planning – including planning for independent and adult-led activities, planning for an enabling and stimulating environment, and making best use of adults. Practitioners will be given the opportunity to observe in the Fox reception classrooms and explore a range of resources. They will be encouraged to plan together using a thematic or core book approach. There will be time for discussion and the sharing of good practice.


Maths Everywhere, Tuesday 21st November 2017: Through play inside and out, everyday experiences and meaningful interactions with adults, children should be supported to become enthusiastic and inquisitive mathematicians. So how do we make this happen? This session will focus on developing number sense, shape, space and measure. Based on the latest research, and with reference to the Characteristics of Effective Learning, practitioners will be supported to devise a range of activities and resources to support their pupil’s developing mathematical fascinations.


Observation and Assessment in the EYFS, Tuesday 5th December 2017: The cycle of observation, assessment and planning is at the core of Early Years practice. In this session we focus on assessment: how we assess, what we assess and why. Using examples taken from different settings – including those of the attendees – the nature, frequency and relevance of observations will be discussed. Attendees are given the chance to practise their observation skills and engage in professional dialogue about how meaningful on-going assessment impacts upon planning and provision. We will work together to analyse observations and decide next steps. Attendees will develop their understanding of good practice in the context of the Revised Framework in relation to the observation, assessment and planning cycle. There will be plenty of time for discussion and the sharing of good practice.


Guided Reading, Tuesday 16th January 2018: This course will support teachers in reviewing their subject knowledge and developing their pedagogy in order to deliver effective guided reading routinely.  It will ensure that teachers have secure understanding of the breadth of the reading curriculum and how best to plan provision and questioning to develop all areas adequately.  The course will ensure that teachers understand how best to apply and develop phonic knowledge at the same time as developing other strategies and teaching good comprehension. There will be opportunities to observe and analyse lessons.  Through the day, delegates will be able to chart progression of guided reading, and understand how to run an effective session for all learners at any stage in the EYFS. 


The Characteristics of Effective Learning, Tuesday 30th January 2018:  A course not to be missed by Early Years Practitioners! Nancy Stewart, co-writer of Development Matters and of the bestselling book How Children Learn: The Characteristics of Effective Learning joins us at Fox for a day’s course in which she will discuss in depth each of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and the role of adults in building the learning power of young children. Book early to avoid disappointment.​


Use of Data and moderation of Literacy and Communication and Language, Wednesday 7th February 2018: Accurate recording, use and analysis of data in assessment, and tracking of pupil progress are necessary skills for all teachers. This session will introduce key data,  commonly used terminology, systems and practice used in schools and by Ofsted within EYFS. It will then allow NQTs to share evidence and judgements of pupils’ work in English against age-related expectations. In this session, lead teachers will provide an excellent opportunity to share good practice, discuss progress and compare assessment procedures and systems. It will support teachers in identifying appropriate next steps.


Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Tuesday 27th February 2018:  This course will explain what is meant by Special Educational Needs and provide strategies for supporting SEND learners in the classroom. We will explore classroom set-ups, resources available and analyse inclusive practice in  mixed ability settings. It will also introduce attendees to changes in government expectations in the area of SEND and what can be expected in Annual Reviews for children with Statements or Education, Health and Care Plans. 


ICT and effective use of the Interactive Whiteboard, Wednesday 7th March 2018: Successful use of the interactive whiteboard is instrumental in creating motivating and engaging lessons. Using the Promethean whiteboard software, teachers will learn how to make the most of their classroom whiteboard to create engaging, interactive multimedia lessons in simple and time-efficient ways. The other half of the day will focus on the wider use of ICT in the classroom, using a variety of free or freely available software and hardware to enhance teaching and learning. The session is in line with new curriculum changes.

*Please note this course is for teachers who use the Promethean software ActivInspire in either Activstudio or Activprimary mode.


Observation Morning, EYFS  -Tuesday 20th March 2018: NQTs will be able to observe in a Reception or Nursery setting in which the subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches covered in the CPD sessions are applied.  This observation will include a phonics session and adult led groups.  It will be followed by an in depth Q and A session with year group teachers and discussion of related planning and assessment methods.


English as an Additional Language, Tuesday 27th March 2018: Many London schools serve a rich, culturally diverse community and some of the children NQTs will be teaching may be new arrivals to the UK, or have limited English when they join the school. This session will help NQTs understand the experience of being an EAL learner; explore the issues and barriers to learning that may exist for children in this group; help them develop strategies and practical ideas for addressing these through the curriculum, and signpost them to further resources and sources of support.


The Arts, Tuesday 24th April 2018: This practical course will provide NQTs with the opportunity to engage with creative ideas and techniques to teach the arts subjects, an area which many teachers are not confident. The course will help to develop their subject knowledge in Art, Music, Dance and Drama.  Each session is led by a subject specialist and involves the NQTs in a series of practical activities.  The course highlights the wealth of opportunities that are available to support the teaching and inclusion of the arts across the curriculum.


PE in EYFS and KS1, Tuesday 8th May 2018, 1.30 –4.45 pm:  This interactive half day course will support teachers in developing excellent subject knowledge and creating a bank of easily implementable ideas of how to plan and deliver a successful PE session.   It will cover aspects including effective use of space and equipment, motivation and engagement and promotion of healthy lifestyles. It will include an observation of a PE lesson within the age range.  Participants will need to be dressed appropriately in order to participate.


Moderation, Tuesday 22nd May 2018: Moderation with colleagues is a crucial part of the assessment process in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Its importance is highlighted in the EYFS framework and the Ofsted framework for the inspection of Early Years settings. Led by our experienced lead EYFS teachers, attendees will share evidence and engage in professional dialogue, comparing their assessment judgements with fellow teachers. Moderation sessions prove to be excellent opportunities to share good practice, discuss progress and compare assessment procedures and systems.

Key Stage 1

 


Introduction to the course programme for mentors, school leaders and NQTs, Tuesday 13th June 4.30-5.30pm: A session to preview the coverage of the NQT programme across the year with strategies on how to make the most of professional development opportunities.  There will be the opportunity to meet and talk with course leaders to share desired outcomes and specific requirements for NQTs over the programme.


Behaviour for Learning, Wednesday 13th September 2017: Developing an understanding of the pupils in their classes and how to create an inclusive environment is crucial for NQTs. The aim of this session is to develop strategies to create optimal conditions for learning and to promote quality teaching. NQTs will leave with strategies and immediate steps they can take to address behaviour issues in the classroom.  This session will take place at Ashburnham Primary School and will involve a learning walk. 


Phonics, Tuesday 19th September 2017: A systematic and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics is essential to support all pupils in making good progress in reading and writing across the Foundation Stage and KS1.  This course will support teachers in developing sound subject knowledge, a clear overview of progression in line with the new curriculum, with an excellent understanding of how to structure sessions from Phase 1 to Phase 6.  There will be opportunities to observe and analyse lessons. 


Progression in Writing: Grammar, Text Types and the Writing Process, Tuesday 3rd October 2017:  A clear understanding of the progression in writing is essential in order to facilitate outstanding outcomes for children.  This course will support teachers in developing this understanding, through close examination of the text types and key aspects of progression within fiction and non-fiction.  It will help attendees develop secure subject knowledge of grammar and punctuation in line with the new curriculum, and knowledge of how to support pupils in their development in these areas.  Delegates will practise shared writing and editing – and leave with effective strategies to make these processes meaningful in their own classes. 


Working with Adults: Managing TAs and developing relationships with parents, Tuesday 17th October 2017:  This practical session will explore how NQTs can develop positive working relationships with parents, how to manage support staff and work with other professional colleagues effectively.  The course encourages NQTs to reflect on and establish their classroom culture and values, which act as a platform to build and develop their working relationships upon.  The course looks in detail at the role of the Teaching Assistant within the classroom setting and how to maximise and develop them effectively. 


Progression in Mathematics: Calculation and Mastery, Tuesday 14th November 2017: This course will support NQTs in developing their understanding of the progression in calculation in all four operations, and the different mental and written methods (informal and formal) children should be using throughout Key Stage2, in line with the requirements of the new curriculum. The session will also focus on how to differentiate, mark and design activities to teach written calculations. The mastery approach emphasises depth of understanding in mathematics; the course will provide teachers with a wide range of techniques, methods and resources to achieve mastery in mathematics.


Guided Reading, Tuesday 28th November 2017: This course will support teachers in reviewing their subject knowledge and developing their pedagogy in order to deliver effective guided reading routinely.  It will ensure that teachers have secure understanding of the breadth of the reading curriculum and how best to plan provision and questioning to develop all areas adequately.  The course will ensure that teachers understand how best to apply and develop phonic knowledge at the same time as developing other strategies and teaching good comprehension. There will be opportunities to observe and analyse lessons.  Through the day, delegates will be able to chart progression of guided reading, and understand how to run an effective session for all learners at any stage in the age range. 


Assessment for Learning, Tuesday 9th January 2018:  This course will give teachers a range of effective strategies to maximise AfL opportunities across the curriculum, with a focus on English and Maths.   The session will build on the subject knowledge of earlier progression courses to ensure that teachers are able to construct and use success criteria effectively, and can recognise appropriate next steps in pupil’s work.   It will focus closely on questioning as an AfL tool, and help delegates to construct the best questions both to elicit pupil understanding and facilitate deep learning.   This course will provide practical resources for use in the classroom.


Observation Morning, Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8.30 am—1.00 pm: NQTs will be able to observe an English, Maths, Phonics and Guided Reading lesson in which the subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches covered in the CPD sessions are applied.  This observation will be followed by an in depth Q and A session with year group teachers and discussion of related planning and assessment methods.


Use of Data and Moderation of English (including C+L), Wednesday 7th February 2018: Accurate recording, use and analysis of data in assessment, and tracking of pupil progress are necessary skills for all teachers. This session will introduce key data,  commonly used terminology, systems and practice used in schools and by Ofsted within KS1. It will then allow NQTs to share evidence and judgements of pupils’ work in English against age-related expectations. In this session, lead teachers will provide an excellent opportunity to share good practice, discuss progress and compare assessment procedures and systems. It will support teachers in identifying appropriate next steps.


Supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability, Tuesday 27th February 2018: This course will explain what is meant by Special Educational Needs and provide strategies for supporting SEND learners in the classroom. We will explore classroom set-ups, resources available and analyse inclusive practice in  mixed ability settings. It will also introduce attendees to changes in government expectations in the area of SEND and what can be expected in Annual Reviews for children with Statements or Education, Health and Care Plans. 


ICT in the Classroom and Effective Use of the Interactive Whiteboard*,  Wednesday 7th March 2018: Successful use of the interactive whiteboard is instrumental in creating motivating and engaging lessons. Using the Promethean whiteboard software, teachers will learn how to make the most of their classroom whiteboard to create engaging, interactive multimedia lessons in simple and time-efficient ways. The other half of the day will focus on the wider use of ICT in the classroom, using a variety of free or freely available software and hardware to enhance teaching and learning. The session is in line with new curriculum changes.

*Please note this course is for teachers who use the Promethean software ActivInspire in either Activstudio or Activprimary mode.


Science, Tuesday 13th March 2018: This session will explore practical activities suitable for young children to develop their scientific knowledge and skills. It will support NQTs’ knowledge and understanding of the science curriculum up to KS1, and its progression of knowledge and skills. Through practical activities, it will look at strategies for planning, delivering and assessing successful lessons, including classroom and behaviour management.


English as an Additional Language, Tuesday 27th March 2018: Many London schools serve a rich, culturally diverse community and some of the children NQTs will be teaching may be new arrivals to the UK, or have limited English when they join the school. This session will help NQTs understand the experience of being an EAL learner; explore the issues and barriers to learning that may exist for children in this group; help them develop strategies and practical ideas for addressing these through the curriculum, and signpost them to further resources and sources of support.


The Arts: Drama, Dance, Art and Music, Tuesday 24th April 2018:  This practical course will provide NQTs with the opportunity to engage with creative ideas and techniques to teach the arts subjects, an area which many teachers are not confident. The course will help to develop their subject knowledge in Art, Music, Dance and Drama.  Each session is led by a subject specialist and involves the NQTs in a series of practical activities.  The course highlights the wealth of opportunities that are available to support the teaching and inclusion of the arts across the curriculum.


PE, Tuesday 8th May 2018, 1.30 –4.45 pm:  This interactive half day course will support teachers in developing excellent subject knowledge and creating a bank of easily implementable ideas of how to plan and deliver a successful PE session.   It will cover aspects including effective use of space and equipment, motivation and engagement and promotion of healthy lifestyles. It will include an observation of a PE lesson within the age range.  Participants will need to be dressed appropriately in order to participate.


Use of Data and Moderation in Mathematics, Wednesday 6th June 2018: Accurate recording, use and analysis of data in assessment, and tracking of pupil progress are necessary skills for all teachers. This session will introduce key data, commonly used terminology, systems and practice used in schools and by Ofsted within KS1. It will then allow NQTs to share evidence and judgements of pupils’ work in English and Maths against age-related expectations. In the session, lead teachers will provide an excellent opportunity to share good practice, discuss progress and compare assessment procedures and systems. It will support teachers in identifying appropriate next steps. The first session will focus on English and the second will focus on Mathematics.

Key Stage 2

 


Introduction to the course programme for mentors, school leaders and NQTs, Tuesday 13th June 4.30-5.30pm: : A session to preview the coverage of the NQT programme across the year with strategies on how to make the most of professional development opportunities.  There will be the opportunity to meet and talk with course leaders to share desired outcomes and specific requirements for NQTs over the programme.


Behaviour for Learning, Wednesday 13th September 2017: Developing an understanding of the pupils in their classes and how to create an inclusive environment is crucial for NQTs. The aim of this session is to develop strategies to create optimal conditions for learning and to promote quality teaching. NQTs will leave with strategies and immediate steps they can take to address behaviour issues in the classroom.  This session will take place at Ashburnham Primary School and will involve a learning walk. 


Guided Reading, Wednesday 27th September 2018:   Teachers will develop excellent subject knowledge in relation to the wide range of reading skills taught in KS2.  They will explore how best to teach these skills to groups of pupils.   It will tackle the common difficulties of classroom organisation, adult support and resourcing.  There will be opportunities to observe and analyse lessons.  NQTs will leave able to deliver effective guided reading lessons. 


Progression in Mathematics: Calculation and Mastery, Wednesday 11th October 2017:   This course will support NQTs in developing their understanding of the progression in calculation in all four operations, and the different mental and written methods (informal and formal) children should be using throughout Key Stage2, in line with the requirements of the new curriculum. The course will also focus on how to differentiate, mark and design activities to teach written calculations. The mastery approach emphasises depth of understanding in mathematics; the course will provide teachers with a wide range of techniques, methods and resources to achieve mastery in mathematics.


Working with Adults: Managing TAs and developing relationships with parents, Tuesday 17th October 2017:  This practical session will explore how NQTs can develop positive working relationships with parents, how to manage support staff and work with other professional colleagues effectively.  The course encourages NQTs to reflect on and establish their classroom culture and values, which act as a platform to build and develop their working relationships upon.  The course looks in detail at the role of the Teaching Assistant within the classroom setting and how to maximise and develop them effectively. 


Progression in Writing: Grammar, Text Types and the Writing Process, Wednesday 8th November 2017:  A clear understanding of the progression in writing is essential in order to facilitate outstanding outcomes for children.  This course will support teachers in developing this understanding, through close examination of the text types and key aspects of progression within fiction and non-fiction.  It will help attendees develop secure subject knowledge of grammar and punctuation in line with the national curriculum, and knowledge of how to support pupils in their development in these areas.  Delegates will practise shared writing and editing – and leave with effective strategies to make these processes meaningful in their own classes. 


Spelling, Wednesday 22nd November 2017: This course will explore the role of spelling in the English Curriculum and what is involved in becoming a successful speller. It will develop teacher subject knowledge of phonics, spelling rules and pedagogical understanding of best practice techniques for learning spellings. It will be highly practical with take-away techniques to have immediate effect in class as well as clear understanding of progression to meet the requirements of the new curriculum.


Assessment for Learning and Marking, Wednesday 6th December 2017:  This course will give teachers a range of effective strategies to maximise AfL opportunities across the curriculum, with a focus on English and Maths.   The session will build on the subject knowledge of earlier progression courses to ensure that teachers are able to construct and use success criteria effectively, and can recognise appropriate next steps in pupil’s work.   It will focus closely on questioning as an AfL tool, and help NQTs to construct the best questions both to elicit pupil understanding and facilitate deep learning.  This course will provide practical resources for use in the classroom.  The session is practical and interactive. 


Observation Mornings, (Years 5 and 6)Wednesday 10th January 2018 and (Years 3 and 4) Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8.30 am-1.00 pm: NQTs will be able to observe an English and Maths lesson in which the subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches covered in the CPD sessions are applied.  This observation will be followed by an in depth Q and A session with year group teachers and discussion of related planning and assessment methods.


Supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Wednesday 31st January 2018: This course will explain what is meant by Special Educational Needs and provide strategies for supporting SEND learners in the classroom. We will explore classroom set-ups, resources available and analyse inclusive practice in  mixed ability settings. It will also introduce attendees to changes in government expectations in the area of SEND and what can be expected in Annual Reviews for children with Statements or Education, Health and Care Plans.