Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) support programme for Primary and Early Years 2020-2021

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) support programme for Primary and Early Years 2020-2021

Course dates: From September 2020 to July 2021

Course venues: Online training until term 2 at least, then school based venues

From £85 per session

Target Audience: Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) from Early Years, Primary and Special settings

Facilitators: Specialist Leaders of Education and school leaders from across the city

Following another successful year of the city wide NQT programme, the city’s Teaching Schools (Bristol Early Years Teaching School Alliance and the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance) have again joined together to provide a comprehensive programme for NQT support and development, planned and facilitated by Specialist Leaders of Education and school leaders – experienced teachers and leaders from across the city.

All of the sessions will be led by phase specific specialists with some sessions delivered across phases to ensure each NQT has a clear picture of progression and is supported in their induction year. 

The programme can be purchased as a package (£400) or schools can have a ‘pick and mix’ approach and choose individual sessions. There is a discount for booking the full 5 day programme. Some of the sessions this year may be facilitated online.

The sessions we are offering this year are listed below:

The NQT support programme for primary and early years colleagues

To book the the full NQT programme or selected days, please use the main booking link at the bottom of the page. If you would like to attend both the welcome event / online networks and the programme days below, please book them separately.

Day 1 – Thursday 8th October 2020 – (full day or online /facilitated) – Conditions for learning:

Day 2 – Thursday 26th November 2020 – (full day): Maths

Day 3 – Thursday 28th January 2021 – (full day): English / CLL

Day 4 – Thursday 4th March 2021 – (half day, pm):  Diminishing the difference / engaging parents

Day 5 – Thursday 29th April 2021 – (half day, pm):   Transition and report writing

Please use the main booking link at the bottom of the page to book this programme or elements from this programme.

FREE Online termly networks for NQTs

In light of the current situation in schools, we are acutely aware that teachers new to the profession may have experienced a challenging time during their training with reduced contact in schools.  To respond to this, we are providing additional support this year in the form of free termly online facilitated networks each centred around a different theme, and led jointly by the LA and teaching school representatives, with special guest experts each term.   These will be taking place from 4.00 – 5.30 pm on the following dates:

  • Term 1: Tues 20th Oct – Focus: the roadmap for your NQT year
  • Term 2: Tues 15th Dec – EEF session – Feedback* plus NQT next steps
  • Term 3: Tues 9th Feb; – Focus – EAL – Catherine Brennan from Better Bilingual sharing good practice around EAL
  • Term 4: Tues 30th March; – EEF session – Developing independent learning skills* plus NQT next steps
  • Term 5: Tues 25th May – EEF session – Improving Learner memory*
  • Term 6: Tues 6th July – Completing your NQT year – next steps and moving into curriculum leadership

To book the termly NQT network sessions above please use the link below to register:



* please note – these sessions are linked to the Learning and Teaching series delivered by the EEF, with an additional half an hour at the end solely for NQTs from 5.00 – 5.30pm.  More details on the EEF sessions can be found here:

Those booked on these 6 termly sessions will automatically be registered for the EEF sessions too and won’t need to book places separately via eventbrite. 


The role of the statutory body:

Bristol Local Authority work collaboratively with us to fulfil the statutory role of Appropriate Body for NQT induction. Bristol LA ensure that all newly qualified teachers are registered with the DfE and that statutory requirements are met, providing support and guidance to schools and NQTs throughout the induction period.  You MUST register as an NQT with an ‘Appropriate Body’ to ensure all requirements are met.

To access the Trading with Schools (TwS) website, with the induction and registration paperwork and details of the support for school based NQT mentors and NQTs themselves, please visit:


The full suite of training available for NQTs from the Bristol LA (Trading with Schools) and the Teaching Schools can be found by following the link here.



Please contact us at:

or for further advice or to find out more about registering your NQT using Bristol as the appropriate body, please contact Jenny Brookes via email at

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You will not be required to enter payment details at this stage. We will send you an invoice for payment by cheque or bank transfer.

From £85 per session

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