Teacher Training

Our aim is to spot, support and grow excellent teachers for our family of schools and for the wider school system. We work closely with high quality teacher training providers in the West Midlands; key relationships are with University of Birmingham, Haybridge SCITT and TeachFirst.

We encourage any of our sixth form students who may wish to become teachers to join our “Aspiring Educators” programme and over a two term series of activities they will explore what it means to be a teacher, developing their skills and have a series of experiences in schools that wil prepare them for teacher training.

We also support aspirant teachers by providing school placements and experience prior to a teaching application and we advise that you register with the SEP scheme. Windsor Academy Trust offers a variety of opportunities every term in our schools – both primary and secondary.

When training with Windsor Academy Trust you will benefit from excellent subject mentors and be able to attend development sessions alongside our NQTs, developing a network of colleagues that will sustain you through your career.


Investing in NQTs is crucial to provide the firmest foundation in those first, formative years of teaching. We offer separate programmes for both Primary and Secondary NQTs.

You will develop your capabilities to plan and structure engaging lessons, that differentiate for the variety of groups in your class and use the latest technology and tools available. You will explore how to create a captivating climate for learning and how to handle low level disruption, as well as considering your important role in Safeguarding and supporting children with Special Educational Needs.

The programmes are run as a series of twilight sessions throughout the year to minimise impact on the classroom, plus you will utilise IRIS technology to reflect on your classroom practice in your own setting.

All development is led by experienced facilitators with a wealth of current experience leading to high quality professional and pastoral support that takes account of your well-being in your important NQT year.

Both the Primary and Secondary delegates might also like to attend a key NQT conference run annually in the Autumn term.

What will an NQT get?

• The latest on Teaching and Learning
• Strategies for behaviour management
• Reflections on pastoral care
• A programme which is challenging yet supportive
• The support of peers who share their successes
• Support to put learning into practice in your classroom or department.

For more information or to book on the NQT programme contact ahalford@windsoracademytrust.org.uk.

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