NQT support and retention is focus of Midlands conference

Posted by ap507 at Jan 08, 2016 04:13 PM |
Education experts aim to empower newly qualified teachers

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 January 2016

Education experts at the University of Leicester are supporting NQTs through high quality training at an upcoming regional conference. The aim is to enable them to continue their professional development, remain in post and make progress in their careers, thereby helping to tackle issues of teacher retention.

Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) working in primary and secondary education from across the East Midlands will meet at the University’s conference centre in Oadby to work on issues in the profession and receive support from expert academics.

Among the topics are:

  • Behaviour management
  • Teacher self-reflection
  • Pupil progress
  • Challenging the most able students

The keynote speaker is Matthew Burton, from Thornhill Community Academy and Channel 4's ‘Educating Yorkshire’, who rose to stardom after being filmed working with GCSE pupil Musharaf (Mushy) Asghar to help lessen his acute stammer, and is an alumnus of the University of Leicester. At the conference Matthew will speak on how individual teachers can motivate pupils and how to build a shared vision within the school community.

Dr Sue Dymoke, Reader in Education at the University of Leicester said: “Teaching is a highly popular career but many schools in the region, and nationally, are suffering from severe problems in attracting new staff. This has been brought about by government's ill-informed meddling with the allocation of training places, its failure to recognise the full value of the university-led PGCE route and the unnecessary pressures placed on teaching staff once they are in post.

“NQTs do need to be challenged but they must also be nurtured and supported in their first year in the classroom. In this way they can continue to develop their expertise for the benefit of all the students they teach.”

The NQT Conference will take place at the University of Leicester’s Stamford Court Conference Centre on Wednesday 13 January 2016.

Attendance to the day-long conference costs £100.  To book a place, visit the website.

Further information about the Initial Teacher Education PGCE at the University of Leicester can be found here.

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NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information contact: educationcpd@le.ac.uk

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