Conference hosted by the School of Education a resounding success

Posted by ojw12 at Jan 23, 2015 04:50 PM |
Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) conference described as “fantastic and inspiring”

The School of Education held a highly successful NQT Conference on January 15 2015 at Stamford Court. The conference, for both Primary and Secondary Newly Qualified Teachers, attracted attendees from far across the region including teachers from Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and a wide variety of schools in Leicestershire and Leicester City. Those who attended participated with great enthusiasm in a packed day that featured a range of workshops, keynotes and networking opportunities to share thoughts on developing practice with new colleagues and PGCE alumni.

The two keynote speakers, Matthew Burton and Alan Newland, provided inspiring and thought-provoking insights. Matthew Burton, Assistant Head at Thornhill Academy and a star from the popular Channel 4 documentary ‘Educating Yorkshire’, talked about how individual teachers can motivate pupils and how to build a shared vision within the school community. His witty and interactive speech focused on the importance of literacy across the curriculum and developing the capacity to be creative in addressing the many priorities that NQTs are faced with. One NQT commented: "it made me think a lot about my ethos in the classroom. Humorous and insightful, put the year into perspective." Another said it was "fantastic and inspiring". Alan Newland, senior advisor to the Department for Education, spoke about the professional and ethical issues in teaching. He provoked lively discussion about the challenges that teachers must face in the crossover between their personal and professional lives.

Conference delegates also participated in workshops led by head teachers, School of Education staff and curriculum leaders from the region on topics including pupil progress, outstanding teaching, the NQT year, behaviour management and diversity.

The success of the NQT conference has prompted the School of Education to make it an annual event. Details about next year's conference will be available in late Spring.

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