Department of Education

NQT Support Programme 2018/19

We take pride in supporting our Sussex trainees during their NQT year by putting on free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events that provide an opportunity to reflect on practice, meet with other NQTs and ITE tutors. At each event, you will receive a certificate of attendance to add to your NQT portfolio of evidence.

Sign up for each session four weeks ahead via University of Sussex NQT website – search ‘NQT’.

General Support for NQTs

If you are facing difficulties in your NQT year, you can contact Andy Chandler-Grevatt or your ITE tutor for support and advice.

There is also useful advice here:


Past Events: 2018/19

NQT 5th Annual Conference: 'Survive and Thrive as an NQT'

Date: Wednesday 17 October, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: University of Sussex (building/rooms tbc)

Workshops - for Primary and Secondary - included Teacher Wellbeing, Differentiation and Behaviour Management.
Also a book fair, networking opportunities and lunch.

ASE Science TeachMeet for Science NQTs and their Mentors

Date: Monday 12 November, 2018 
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Sunflower Room, Norwich House, University of Sussex

The Association for Science Education's Science Teachmeet for science NQTs and their Mentors (or a science colleague) to share ideas, network and find out about the latest news in science education. 

Self-Care and Time Management

Date: Thursday 6 December, 2018
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Sunflower Room, Norwich House, University of Sussex

Repeated from last year, this workshop was very popular and useful for NQTs to reflect on their workload, work-life balance and explore strategies to work smarter, not harder. It is an opportunity to nip any bad habits in the bud and make New Year resolutions to ensure you not just survive, but thrive in your NQT year.

Feedback from last year was 100% positive, with participants saying:

"Very useful to meet a different variety of people and realising you're not the only one in this position."
"I found the timekeeping sheet allowed me to reflect on how I spent my time and how my work life balance is balancing."
"I have now set my default daily routine."
"It provided me with an opportunity to reflect on how I currently use my time and where I could reclaim time for my personal life."

"How can I survive my first year in teaching and still come out smiling?": Sue Cowley

Date: Thursday 17 January, 2019
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Fulton Building, University of Sussex

We welcomed the return of Sue Cowley to Sussex after a very popular session last year. Sue is a well-respected and popular author of books for teachers, including Getting the Buggers to Behave and How to Survive your First Year in Teaching. Sue's session focused on approaches that work best to prevent and deal with low level disruption, and ideas for coping with workload. The session was aimed at Primary and Secondary NQTs and Mentors were also encouraged to attend.

Classroom Assessment and Progress

Date: Thursday 21 March, 2019
Venue: Room 255, Bramber House

How are you doing with classroom assessment?
How is the formative assessment coming along?
How do you know if your students are making progress?
This session will help you explore what you are doing and how you might improve you assessment practice in the classroom. There will be lots of practical tips to improve formative assessment strategies and manage student progress.

8th Annual Teacher Researcher Conference

Date: Saturday 15 June, 2019
Time: 9am-1pm
Venue: University of Sussex

Teachers, including NQT+1 Masters students, presented their classroom based research at this always-popular conference which also provided an opportunity for delegates to meet, discuss theory and practice and source ideas for their own practice.

Photographs and videos from the event will be available soon on on the CTLR website.