PGCE, NQT and RQT Training

Whether a member of staff starts their career with us, or joins us later in their career, we offer a wide range of training opportunities to support all stages of development. We aim to support a culture of learning for all members of the school community, ensuring that all are fulfilled, challenged and motivated. 

Brentwood School invests heavily in the training of new teachers and their induction. We have worked closely with the University of Buckingham for a number of years and, as a result, all Subject Mentors are experienced and qualified. We currently train approximately 6 PGCE trainees each year who then go on to complete their NQT year, overseen by the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (ISTIP). Brentwood School offers trainee teachers the chance to work in a friendly and innovative school where they are able to learn the rigors of being a successful teacher. The Teaching & Learning team oversee the training of all student teachers and NQTs and ensure that the training offered is of the highest standard. Brentwood School offers tailored in-house training programmes for PGCE, NQT and RQT teachers. 

PGCE trainees 

Each year, we recruit a number of unqualified teachers. For many, this represents an attractive pathway into teaching as such positions are salaried (circa £25,000) and all training costs (circa £7,000) are sponsored by the school. The pathway combines on-the-job training alongside university-based residential training. We welcome applications from well qualified graduates or those in their final year of university who are on track for a 2.1 or 1st class degree. Our training provider is The University of Buckingham and our trainees work towards either the Secondary PGCE with QTS qualification or the Independent PGCE. The University of Buckingham has come at the top of the rankings in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is rated by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 as 1st for Teaching Quality.

Once an unqualified teacher receives an offer of employment from the school, an application is usually made to the University of Buckingham for a place and the candidate is interviewed at Buckingham. The PGCE is a 37 week school-based course during which time the trainee will also undertake a 15 day teaching placement in a non-selective state maintained school. The independent PGCE takes a similar but lighter-touch approach. Each trainee works under the guidance of an experienced mentor who will give them regular feedback on their teaching. The trainee will receive weekly tutorials to review their progress and to set targets. Trainees compile a folder of evidence, have three external tutor visits per year, complete three assignments and they attend three residential courses at the University. 

Newly Qualified Teachers 

Each NQT has an experienced mentor, dedicated mentoring time, regular observations of teaching and feedback, and 10% release time in order to complete training activities. There is a full programme of in-school training for NQTs as well as external training events. The NQT year is overseen by the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip) and termly reports are submitted regarding the progress of NQTs. At the end of the induction period the Headmaster is responsible for recommending to IStip whether a teacher has passed or failed the induction period. This body will announce its decision and inform the school and the teacher. 

Induction is an opportunity given during the first year of teaching to build on the knowledge and skills already acquired to provide the tools to be an effective and successful teacher. It helps to embed an ethos of continued professional development (CPD) and career development, which in turn helps you to give your best to our pupils. It thus makes a real and sustained contribution to school improvement and to raising classroom standards.

Recently Qualified Teachers

Our Recently Qualified Teacher Programme has been designed for teachers in their second or third year of teaching and aims to support them with the further development of their teaching practice. Over the course of the programme, individuals will regularly assess and reflect on the impact they are having in the classroom.  The sessions focus on themes such as: assessment in the classroom, questioning in the classroom, challenge and engagement and coaching.