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For many teaching graduates, making the transition from trainee to a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) can be a daunting prospect. Now, a new programme, devised by Edge Hill’s Faculty of Education, is supporting hundreds of newly qualified teachers through their first year at work, and helping others get their foot on the first rung of the teaching ladder.

The NQT programme, developed with input from alumni, provides mentoring, practical advice and networking opportunities for graduates. One of the main features of the scheme is a series of conferences, which bring together recent graduates, alumni and school practitioners to share knowledge and develop practical skills for the future.

As part of the Faculty of Education’s continuous drive to support newly qualified teachers, alumni are asked to complete a short survey to inform future conferences and training programmes.

David Grimes, Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Professional Development, said: “Edge Hill is committed to supporting the development of new teachers through what can be a very difficult transitional period. We are keen to hear how our graduates are progressing and to work with them to develop relevant content and an innovative programme to new teachers and their mentors.”

Click here to complete the NQT survey. As a ‘thank you’ for completing the survey, all entries will be put into a prize draw to win an Edge Hill University Waterman pen.

Click here for further information on the NQT programme, which includes conferences led by guest speakers and industry experts, and access to online resources and forums.