Our Partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.
The school continues to be outward facing, strengthening links with the University through social media, lectures and workshops- as well as providing annual placements. The English Lead has attended voluntary seminars held by associates from the National Literacy Trust- where current, relevant research is discussed and new texts from children's authors are introduced. At the end of the last academic year, as well as interviewing prospective PGCE and undergraduate student teachers, Mrs Dixon was invited to give a lecture to the graduating class of PGCE students, looking forward to the challenges of their NQT year. Since then, Mrs Dixon has completed an accredited Mentor Development Programme, run by the university. She has attended seminars and workshops at the university and also attends and speak at PAMs (Primary Area Mentor Meetings) every seasonal term, so that the school is fully aware of training and development issues.
We are currnently reviewing our offers for 2021/22 in light of a very disruptive year. Towards the end of Term 5, CCCU request our offers of placements and allocate them to degree and PGE students at different points in their practice. Many teacher training courses now require candidates to have a minimum of 14 days' of experience in a school setting, which is vital when deciding to choose education as a career.
NQT Training Programme
Senacre Wood is very familiar with the induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) to the staff team. They are formally graded six times over the course of a year, with three full reports completed by their mentor. Senacre Wood has four trained mentors and these members of staff are allocated according to targeted needs at point of entry.
This year, the government have introduced a scheme to aid the retention of Early Career teachers. In 2020, the DfE was found that a third of teachers left the profession within the first five years, with one in six teachers leaving in the first year. By September 2021, our NQT policy will have been reviewed and updated to an Early Career Teacher Policy, to ensure we offer ongoing support and guidance to those new to the profession.