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NQT Induction: Understanding the Process
18 Jul
Teachers play a key role in young people’s development – they are here to inspire learning, discover potential and nurture every young person’s ability. Needless to say, choosing a career in teaching can be extremeley rewarding - yet equally challenging. Being a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) can feel quite daunting yet equally exciting. Securing your post as a teacher in a school is great, but what about the NQT induction process? What is this process and how does it effect you? Here are some of your questions answered: Do NQTs have to complete an induction? Completing the induction is a statutory requirement for maintained schools only. Choosing to offer statutory induction for NQTs is the choice made by most academies, but along with independent schools, free schools, and British schools overseas, they are not obliged to do so. However, any teacher moving employment from one of these settings to a post in a maintained school will be required to go through NQT induction if they have not already completed the process. Registering an NQT with an NQT Appropriate Body Service gets the statutory induction process started as soon as a new teacher has been appointed. What does the NQT induction involve? Forming a bridge between initial teacher training and establishing a career in teaching the statutory induction process combines a personalised program of support, reduced timetable, professional dialogue, monitoring and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards. Coaching and mentoring will take place via the NQTs induction tutor who provides day to day monitoring, support and coordination of assessments. Having a key role in the process, the tutor must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be given sufficient time to carry out their role effectively. How is NQT progress reviewed? Keeping NQTs up to date on their progress so that there are ‘no surprises’ aids their development and provides clarity alongside the assessment process. Termly assessments. demonstrated by the NQT against the Teachers’ Standards and importantly identify further areas for development and targets moving forward. During their induction, it may be that an NQT does not make satisfactory progress. Recording this on the first and second assessments does not in any way imply that the NQT has ‘failed’, but does indicate that additional support is required. Ensuring everyone involved in the process is clear about which aspects of the Teachers’ Standards require further development is vital so that the NQT can be given every possible opportunity to improve. Only at the end of the third and final term is the decision made regarding successful completion of NQT induction. How do I register an NQT with an Appropriate Body Service Entrust are registered with the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA) as an appropriate body for NQT induction. We have extensive expertise in providing high quality support for NQTs and their tutors. We currently support maintained schools, academies, independent schools and other educational settings in the Midlands and further afield. To enhance your management of the NQT induction process, we include in our provision a nationally recognised online system which will enable you to access and complete the assessment requirements with ease. Embarking on a teaching career can be a very challenging time for NQTs and those supporting them. However, it is worth acknowledging that with appropriate support, NQTs rarely fail their induction. NQTs bring fresh ideas, new approaches and energy to the profession, which in turn impacts on the quality of pupils’ education. Find out more Entrust offers a comprehensive service for supporting NQTs throughout their induction process as the appropriate body. Register your NQT with the Entrust NQT Appropriate Body Service, visit https://entrust.nqtmanager.com. Download our flyer attached for further information.
Benefits of Music in Education
18 Jul
It’s hard to imagine life without music. It reaches out to all of us in some way throughout our lives. Music is a key part of being human, it fuels our minds, inspires creativity and helps bring people together. Here are some benefits to music within education. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but an achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement. Pupils stay engaged in school: An enjoyable and diverse subject like music can keep pupils interested and engaged in school. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music and listening to music. Different variations of music are helpful in helping pupils relax. Pupils can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together as a team and learn new interpersonal and communication skills. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches pupils how to take risks and learn to conquer fear, supporting them to reach their full potential. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Improves Concentration skills: To play an instrument means to concentrate on what they are doing at every single moment, as every note played is important. Therefore, it is vital children can stay attentive and concentrate. Improves cultural awareness: Every culture in the world has its own music. Although each culture is different, music is its own language that can be understood and respected by all races. By learning music from a young age, it helps develop this cultural insight. Broadens thinking: Making music encourages creativity and broadens thinking. Increasing musical network: The music service runs seven music centres across the county of Staffordshire, allowing musicians to rehearse, have fun and make friends. To find out more information about how we support music within education, contact enquiries@entrust-ed.co.uk or call 0333 300 1900.
Major Regeneration Project Transforms Town Centre
18 Jul
Major regeneration plans to transform the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme are drawing to a close with the development of a brand new Public Sector Hub. Being developed on the site of a former school that had been derelict for years, the new Hub, officially named Castle House, has been designed so that the different organisations can work alongside each other where helpful with combined offices for the Borough Council, the County Council and the Police on three upper floors. In addition, the Hub incorporates conference facilities, a new state of the art Library, a Registrars Office, Families First accommodation, Aspire Housing and a Customer Service information Centre. This amalgamation of these services will allow for huge financial savings, with several current public sector buildings being able to be disposed of as well as creating a single point of access for local residents to a wide range of public services. Commissioned by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Entrust were instrumental in the project from preparing several option appraisals culminating in a concept design to form the basis of the strategic brief through to cost and construction project management on site. Entrust were also commissioned by the Borough Council to design and project manage the public realm improvements to the surrounding Queen’s Gardens to provide an integrated setting for the new Hub. Sean Latham, Director of Property Services at Entrust, said “This is a significant regeneration project for Newcastle’s town centre and we’re very proud to have played such a major role. Places of work and community areas need to be more than a physical building – they need to provide a sense of community and belonging. We hope we’ve achieved this with the Hub and that it becomes the heart of the community. The project was a team effort so special thanks to all of the key stakeholders and construction firms including Kier, Amey and Dawkes”