Early Career Teachers

Early Career Teacher (ECT) courses (previously known as NQT). The following packages provide opportunities to network and learn with colleagues in the same role in other primary schools.  The sessions are aimed at early career teachers; newly qualified and recently qualified teachers (RQT).

Each session is professionally facilitated by consultants, NLEs, SLEs and headteachers with resources to be discussed and shared. Previous consultants have included Jason Bangbala, Andy Meller and Jonathan Lear.

This ECT programme complements the fully funded Early Career Framework programme that DTSA are delivering in conjunction with the Education Development Trust. Please contact us by September to be registered for the available ECF funded places.

ECT Package

ECTs receive 24 hours of CPD over six sessions which includes a free* outdoor learning experience at Chatsworth House.

Building on our successful programme offered over previous years, the programme is delivered by Headteachers, SLEs, Devonshire Educational Trust and nationally known education consultants.

The programme covers key areas identified by ECTs themselves including behaviour management; SEND; well-being; and pupil assessment. Course materials are included.

Individual sessions are available at £165. Email booking@dtsa.org.uk for more information or to book.

*Free when whole course is booked. £165 when booked as a standalone session.

2020/21 Programme

NQT Programme 2019-2020

2020 / 2021 Programme:

Sessions 3 and 4:
Tuesday 2 February 2021 (online)
Facilitators: Felicity King and Deborah Outhwaite

Session 5:
Wednesday 28 April 2021
Science-based learning experience at Chatsworth House, Bakewell DE45 1PP

Session 6:
Tuesday 22 June 2021
at Rolls-Royce, Nightingale Hall, The Pavillion, DE24 9HY

Facilitator: Jason Bangbala
Time: 9am – 4pm

Package Cost: £330 for 3 sessions or £165 per individual session

To book please email booking@dtsa.org.uk

Sessions 1 and 2

Tuesday 29 September 2020
This day is split into two sessions and will be delivered online:

10am – 11am Curriculum with Karen Puszczynska
The ECT Curriculum session is a specific look at the Ofsted 2019 Framework giving practical suggestions across Key Stages, to help further develop ECT understanding about how Ofsted have developed a research engaged approach and what has motivated this change in inspection regime. This curriculum session will look at meta-cognition, and discuss schemata and linking curricula across areas of knowledge in order to review and revisit knowledge in different contexts: enabling students to make the links recommended by the research that has influenced this important change in direction. This session will be hands on, and encourage staff new to teaching how to think about, and reflect on, their practice so that relevant challenge is provided in classrooms that produce clear and coherent rationale for curriculum design. Showing clear steps of intent; implementation and impact.

1pm – 2pm SEND with Debbie Gerring (NLE)
Our SEND session will explore the needs of our students, the barriers to learning they face and a range of strategies and solutions for ECTs to take back to school. As part of the session we will look at real case studies in our schools and hear feedback from students and expert practitioners regarding the challenges they face and how they overcome them. We will spend some time looking at what life is like through the eyes of a student with autism and look forward to sharing their aspirational stories with you.

Session 5

Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: 9am – 4pm
Free science-based learning experience at Chatsworth House

The primary National Curriculum now has an emphasis on outdoor learning. Through this popular course we can offer practical advice to help you make the most of the resources around your school and beyond the classroom to inspire teaching and learning within a safe environment.

Using the outside world will create exciting and inspiring investigations that will motivate and engage your pupils to learn.

You will be able to:

  • use a variety of learning environments to identify opportunities to enhance the teaching of science
  • plan safe and stimulating activities that take place outside the classroom
  • use a variety of resources to engage children in outdoor learning


Email booking@dtsa.org.uk for more information

Sessions 3 and 4

Tuesday 2 February 2021
The day is split into two sessions and will be delivered online:

Well-Being with Felicity King (am)
“If only we had an instruction manual for our mind and wellbeing! This introduction to Mindset Mastery points you to your in-built capacity for resilience and sustainability in a world that seems to want more and more. As a result, you will access tools to regulate a healthy balance in all aspects of life and most importantly, a calmer, confident and satisfied you.”

Developing Your Professional Identity with Dr Deborah Outhwaite (pm)
Dr Deb Outhwaite is leading the session on Educational Leadership for NQTs: this will focus on giving new teachers a wider understanding of the current educational landscape, drawing on her multiple roles as a Member; Director; Trustee; and Governor as well as a System Leader in her day job. Deb will use this session with ECTs to highlight the importance of current educational issues such as accountability and performance; SEND; off-rolling and exclusions. But also to begin a conversation with ECTs about where they fit into the system, and the various ways in which they can progress through it: highlighting SLE roles; utilising their MA Ed credits; and highlighting the roles of The Chartered College of Teaching and The Research Schools and show ECTs what support is there for them and how to access it.

Session 6

Tuesday 22 June 2021
Time: 9-4pm
“Conquering Challenging Behaviour for Effective Learning” with Jason Bangbala”

This is an interactive, practical and realistic session. The primary focus is to provide strategies to deal with inappropriate behaviour in a quick, effective and non-confrontational manner. The session also looks at ways to plan for good behaviour, whilst motivating pupils to behave and minimising disruption.

ECT Mentor Network

Our ECT Mentor Network meetings (previously NQT Mentor) are informal sessions held one afternoon a term where they can be booked together, or separately from, our ECT induction sessions and our Appropriate Body service. The ECT Mentor networks are a safe space to discuss issues that your ECTs have and keep up on the changing nature of how schools need to deal with the Early Career Framework (ECF), and following on from the changes to the ITT Core Content Framework.

ECT (prev. NQT) Mentor Network

2020/21 Programme

Facilitator: Dr Deborah Outhwaite

Friday 15 January 2021
Tuesday 27 April 2021

Venue: Online (via Zoom)
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £60 per person, per session

RQT Package

Retaining new colleagues is a national priority and statistics indicate that around 40% of new teachers leave the profession after 4-5 years.

The RQT Programme offers central support and networking for teachers in their second, third and fourth years. It allows teachers to continue to network and support each other, gaining new knowledge and skills to support the early stages of leadership development.

Facilitator Karen Puszczynska, head of a local primary school, works with the group to design a programme which best reflects their collective needs and will change according to the needs of the group.

Sessions consist of the facilitator’s input, networking, sharing good practice and considering new resources and materials. Opportunities to identify personal professional development needs and building up leadership skills will be provided. There will be a clear focus towards consistently good and outstanding teaching.

The programme runs over the academic year and consists of an optional one day conference with Jason Bangbala on 2 February 2021, 3 afternoon sessions and a free science-based learning experience.

To book onto the new 2020/2021 programme with Karen Pusczcynska please email booking@dtsa.org.uk


2020 / 21 Programme

Session 2: Thursday 4 February 2021, 1pm – 4pm
Online (via Zoom)

Session 3: Thursday 28 April 2021, 9am – 4pm
Science-based learning experience at Chatsworth House, Bakewell DE45 1PP

Session 4 (optional): Tuesday 22 June, 9am – 4pm
at Rolls-Royce, Nightingale Hall, The Pavillion, DE24 9HY

Session 5: Thursday 8 July 2021, 1pm – 4pm
Portway Junior School, Robincroft Road, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2GL

Facilitator: Karen Pusczcynska

Package Cost: £270

To book please email booking@dtsa.org.uk