Diary of an NQT: Leading my first CPD

SecEd reports that asked to lead a CPD session for trainee teachers, our NQT diarist was thrilled to find other teaching and support staff colleagues also keen to take part…

I have written before about my school’s excellent CPD programme, particularly the support available to NQTs and trainee teachers. For the first two terms, the school’s NQTs and trainees attend weekly CPD sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. These have been varied and informative, helping us to develop our practice and explore new ideas in the classroom.

Now that we are settled into the job, the NQTs have all been asked to deliver a CPD session for this year’s cohort of trainee teachers. As behaviour management has been highlighted as one of my strengths, my NQT mentor suggested that this should be the focus on my CPD session. Due to the universal nature of the topic, he also suggested that the session be opened up to other colleagues as well as the trainee teachers. In the end, around 30 colleagues attended the session, including support staff, teaching assistants and inclusion workers.

In preparation for the session, I attended a course which explored behaviour management theories and strategies. This was informative and offered the opportunity to discuss behaviour management with professionals from other schools. I came away with an abundance of materials to help me plan my training. 

I found the planning and delivering of the CPD session to be one of the most stimulating tasks that I have undertaken since starting my NQT year. The presentation ran smoothly and my colleagues were very engaged in the discussions. I have also had some lovely feedback from those who attended. As a result of this, I have spoken to the school’s NQT mentor about delivering more CPD sessions next year.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of delivering training to colleagues and this is an area that I would very much like to explore further in the future. As well as helping others in their professional development, the researching of the presentation was invaluable in terms of reflecting on my own practice.

Read more about this NQT’s CPD session  Diary of an NQT: Leading my first CPD

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