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The Valley Teaching School Alliance and the Croydon Catholic Schools’ Umbrella Trust, in partnership with Octavo deliver professional support, mentoring and training to equip newly qualified teachers (NQTs) for the classroom and a career in teaching.
The Octavo NQT Appropriate Body Service validates that a school’s NQT training and support consistently meets high standards.
Starting in the teaching profession can be daunting. Our NQT service ensures your teachers are supported from the very beginning of their induction year, through to final assessment and certification from the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA).
Through the NQT Induction Service we fulfil the statutory role of ‘appropriate body’, quality assuring the induction year ensuring that schools provide quality support for their NQTs, and that their assessment is fair and consistent.
Octavo’s NQT service works in partnership with Chipstead Valley Teaching School and the Catholic Schools’ Umbrella Trust, to deliver a year-long training and career progression programme, enabling NQTs to develop their knowledge and skills with a supportive cohort of peers.
Octavo provides high quality information, guidance and training for induction tutors to support them in their role. We offer termly network meetings for NQT mentors to foster peer-to-peer support, shared learning and an opportunity to share their challenges or concerns.
Occasionally, there is the need for follow-up support on issues arising from NQT assessment or observations. Octavo’s specialist NQT consultancy team is available to do this – for example by talking through the options available with the school and NQT.
Services offered to support your NQTs throughout their induction year:
1. NQT Appropriate Body Service
Octavo’s specialist service offers a completely independent and objective NQT induction system. A telephone support line, email and face to face advice is provided for headteachers, induction co-ordinators, tutors and NQTs. Schools also benefit from an online user friendly NQT management system, which significantly reduces paperwork for schools and helps to streamline administration.
2. NQT CPD Programme
Run by Valley Teaching School Alliance and Croydon Catholic Primary Schools Umbrella Trust, in partnership with Octavo.
Includes:• 8 full day training sessions• 2 best practice observations in local schools• High-quality resources• Induction mentor training
NQT Appropriate Body Service 2018-19
• External and independent verification of schools’ judgements• Access to dedicated network of key professional representatives and school improvement partners• Expert knowledge of induction regulations• A proven track record
NQT Programme – Full Day Sessions 2018-19
The bespoke, new-look NQT programme run by Valley Teaching School Alliance and the Croydon Catholic Primary Schools Umbrella Trust in partnership with Octavo.
The programme is shaped by existing headteachers to create a unique, informative and highly relevant learning programme, ensuring that all NQTs have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding, through collaborative support and practice.