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Code: REA-713 Autumn 2019 - 2020 NQT Mentor Training at Tidemill

This programme gives NQT mentors the tools needed to effectively support and drive the development of our newest teachers. We know that high quality mentoring support is fundamental in giving NQTs a successful start to a career in teaching, and ahead of the statutory national implementation of the Early Career Framework (ECF) in 2021, this programme enables mentors to:
• understand the specialist support required by early career teachers
• develop a toolkit of mentoring strategies, underpinned by REAch2 Touchstones
• support and drive the progress of early career teachers from their given starting points
This programme features one Core Day’s training followed by termly online mentor networks to share best practice in early career mentoring and further develop mentoring knowledge and skills. An enhanced development day is offered to further develop thinking and best practice.


This practical session will develop participants’ mentoring toolkits, enabling them to have a rapid impact on the progress of the teachers they mentor, and in turn the children they teach. The session will focus on:
• understanding how effective early career mentoring sits within a coaching and mentoring framework
• understanding the needs of early career teachers and the Early Career Framework
• the scope and sequence of early career teacher development and how best to accelerate this
• how to effectively structure mentoring conversations and give high-impact, bite-sized feedback

Essential information
Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 02 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Tidemill Academy Map

Code: REA-829 Month End Workshop (Clusters 4, 9 & 10)

The month end workshop is an opportunity for SBM’s and finance assistants/officers from the specified cluster groups to work on the month end process, away from the busy school office.  It is not compulsory to attend, but it will give you a quiet environment to work in, away from the hustle and bustle of the main office and allow you to ask questions and resolve queries with the support of your RBM and other SBM’s.

Refreshments will be provided on the day, however attendees will need to bring their own lunch and snacks.

This session will be held at Green Ridge Academy in Aylesbury.  There is ample parking on the school site and off site outside parking bays.  The school is a short taxi ride from ‘Aylesbury Vale Parkway’ train station or a bus ride from ‘Aylesbury’ train station.

The workshop will run between 9.30am and 2.30pm. You are not required to stay all day and you may just choose to do the morning, afternoon or just a few hours. 

Those of you that wish to attend this workshop please sign up by lunchtime on Tuesday 1st October, so that we can contact the school and advise them of who will be in attendance.

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Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 02 October 2019 09:30 - 14:30 Green Ridge Primary Academy Map

Code: REA-793 National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

The main focus of this programme is to ensure that all participants increase their confidence and capability in the core skills and responsibilities of an effective school leader. The course will empower participants to develop a strong network to support them as Headteachers.

Participants are assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements, plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar.

The programme comprises a series of training sessions, along with pre- and post-reading, a nine-day school placement and an in-school impact project.

The sessions cover six core areas:

  • Leadership skills for Headteachers
  • School self-evaluation and school improvement planning
  • School culture and vision
  • Operational management of a school including finance and HR
  • Teaching, learning and curriculum
  • Pastoral leadership

In order for both aspiring and serving Headteachers to receive their qualification, they will need to complete the project element of this qualification successfully. This is in two parts:

  • Lead a change programme at whole-school level, lasting for at least two terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment. They will need to present the plan to their governing board prior to implementation and gather their feedback.
  • Undertake a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography), lasting at least nine working days.

It is therefore essential that the school understands the level of support they will need to put in place when they are placing participants on the programme.

Target audience: Deputy Headteachers who are aspiring to headship and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You will probably be in a headship role in the next 12–18 months
  • You will have completed at least one year at a Deputy Head level
  • As this programme is for those whose next step is headship, eligibility is limited to Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • You will have evidence of having made substantial positive impact on a school

The DfE have confirmed availability of scholarship funding for NPQs for the 2019-20 financial year (April 2019 - April 2020).

Scholarship eligibility 

All participants who work in a school which is in a category 5 or 6 development area, or who work in a MAT that has AT LEAST ONE school in a category 5 or 6 development area, are eligible for the scholarship. This means that a participant will be eligible for the scholarship even if they themselves are not in a category 5 or 6 school, so long as their MAT has a least one school in either of these areas. This school does not need to be involved in your NPQ programme to make your entire MAT eligible.

Please note that the following criteria will also apply to participant eligibility:

  • The participant should not already hold this qualification;
  • The participant has not previously received funding for the NPQ level for which they are applying;
  • The participant has not previously enrolled for the same NPQ level/course and dropped out before completing it.

Essential information
Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 02 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Woburn House, Conference Centre Map
2 17 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Woburn House, Conference Centre Map
3 12 December 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Woburn House, Conference Centre Map
4 19 March 2020 09:30 - 16:30 Woburn House, Conference Centre Map
5 30 April 2020 09:30 - 16:30 Woburn House, Conference Centre Map
6 11 June 2020 09:30 - 16:30 Woburn House, Conference Centre Map

Code: REA-800 Newly Qualified Teacher Programme (Tymberwood Academy)

Our NQT programme offers a high quality, professional development journey for teachers at the start of their career. The programme has been designed with Specialist Leaders of Education across our alliance to support NQTs in developing the quality and impact of their practice.

Our comprehensive 12-session programme provides a reflective and supportive environment to nurture and grow potential. Facilitators are highly skilled, experienced classroom practitioners who will develop NQTs’ understanding and practice through a programme which provides:

  • Opportunities to observe and discuss good and outstanding lessons within the host school
  • Practical resources to adapt and use in the classroom
  • Access to outstanding practitioners for Q&A around each focus area
  • Opportunities to network and liaise with peers and other professionals
  • Reflection time and action-planning


Session 1: ORIENTATION: Sets out the expectations for the programme and explores the NQT journey

Session 2: SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS: Focuses on establishing positive relationships to help to manage behaviour and create a classroom climate that promotes successful learning

Session 3: KNOWING YOUR LEARNERS: Investigates the importance of differentiation as one of the cornerstones of effective teaching and learning

Session 4: ASSESSEMENT FOR LEARNING: Explores how AFL underpins the planning cycle and presents a range of methods to enhance classroom practice

Session 5: MARVELOUS MATHS: Explores how to create enjoyable and meaningful maths lessons that engage and challenge all learners

Session 6: READ ALL ABOUT IT: Investigates different approaches to teaching reading and phonics that equip children with the skills to become fluent and passionate readers

Session 7: THE WRITE STUFF: Focuses on different approaches to teaching writing that provide children with the knowledge and understanding necessary to become skilled and inspired writers

Session 8: SEND –ASD: Develops knowledge and understanding of the needs of ASD learners and how to adapt teaching methods and the classroom environment to meet these needs

Session 9: SEND – SPEECH AND LANGUAGE: Develops teachers’ awareness of speech and language difficulties and how best to create a speech and language friendly classroom as well as differentiate activities for learners with speech and language needs

Session 10: BEHAVIOUR 101: Provides a chance to explore solutions to dealing with behaviour issues which NQTs may be struggling with

Session 11: NEXT STEPS ON THE LEADERSHIP LADDER: Explores the importance of all teachers as leaders of learning and investigates the skills needed to lead a foundation subject

Session 12: CELEBRATION: An opportunity to celebrate the learning journey that NQTs have experienced over the course of the programme and a chance to look forward to the year ahead

Essential information
Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 18 September 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
2 02 October 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
3 16 October 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
4 30 October 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
5 13 November 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
6 20 November 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
7 27 November 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
8 08 January 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
9 29 January 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
10 26 February 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Tymberwood Academy Map
11 10 June 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Via Zoom (Please email Admin) Map
12 01 July 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Via Zoom (Please email Admin) Map