A News story by Nic Bailey 6 July 2018

As part of our trust-wide CPD programme, our newly qualified teachers (NQTs) attend a series of structured induction sessions, receiving ongoing support throughout their first year of teaching.

This year’s cohort of NQTs have now completed the programme, with the final sessions taking place at the end of last month. We caught up with Nic Bailey, Deputy Headteacher at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy and course facilitator of the primary NQT induction programme to find out more.

On Tuesday 19 June, our group of primary NQTs convened for the sixth and final time at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy in Bristol. Throughout the year, this group of NQTs from across the trust have been coming together for training and CPD each term.

Delegates have taken part in a wide range of activities, working together to learn more about behaviour management, reading, maths, safeguarding, SEN, assessment for learning and the arts.

These sessions have also been important because they have given E-ACT’s NQTs an opportunity to meet with their colleagues from across the trust. The sharing of best practice and experiences is so valuable, and it has been great to see our NQTs using the time to discuss what they find challenging, celebrate their successes and offer support to one another.

For our final session, delegates took part in a day of workshops centred on creativity and the arts. Delegates participated in hands-on art activities and group work, and learned more about the creative curriculum through a presentation from Bristol Plays Music. The group were also treated to performances from Ilminster’s Reception classes and our talented Year 6 orchestra.

It was the perfect way to end a fantastic year for our NQTs. We’ve been so impressed by this passionate and able group of teachers, who have worked incredibly hard in our training sessions and in their own academies to further improve their professional practice.

We’re looking forward to building on the success of this year’s induction sessions as we plan our NQT programme for 2018-2019.