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New teachers make the grade

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12 July 2017

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It was VIP treatment for more than 250 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) this week, (11 July), who gathered for a celebration event organised by Enfield Council at Millfield Theatre in Edmonton.

  • 250 Newly Qualified Teachers gather to celebrate a year of teaching
  • Special event marks their commitment to the profession and Enfield’s young people
  • 93 per cent of Enfield’s schools are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED

It was VIP treatment for more than 250 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) this week, (11 July), who gathered for a celebration event organised by Enfield Council at Millfield Theatre in Edmonton.
 
This event marked an important milestone in a new teacher’s career as they made the leap from a year-long period as a Newly Qualified Teacher to become a fully -fledged teacher, endorsed by Enfield Council, on behalf of the Department for Education.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our Newly Qualified Teachers and welcome them to a career in Enfield. We are committed to creating a society that promotes fairness for all, and a cornerstone of that is the provision of a first-rate education system. These teachers will play a vital role in supporting that aspiration.

“Each year we have a new intake of teachers starting their careers in Enfield schools, and we work really hard to ensure they make a smooth transition from their time studying to working independently as teachers.

“Enfield Council’s support programme is the envy of many local education authorities and helps us to attract new teachers from across the United Kingdom. This vital support means that the vast majority of our teachers choose to stay and pursue their careers in the borough, and provide an excellent education for our children, rather than move on to pastures new.

“Attracting new gifted teachers and supporting them through their first year is one of the best investments we can make for our schools, ensuring fairness for all. It means that our schools have great teachers who support and help our children to reach their potential and achieve great things.

“Currently 93 per cent of our schools are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and this is something we are very proud about. We’re building extra schools and classrooms to deal with the huge increase in demand for education locally, so that parents have increased choice of which school their child can go to.”

Enfield is a great place to study and provides excellent schools and teachers. It provides a first-rate education for all children within a school of their choice, and all new teachers in the borough are supported through a strong partnership between Enfield schools and the Council.

The Council's School Standards and Support Service coordinates and delivers the development programme which provides new teachers with access to all the help and advice they need.
 
When teachers first leave university with their academic qualifications they are required to do practical and academic training as teachers in schools for a year, before they can become recognised as fully qualified and endorsed teachers. Enfield teaching schools play an increasingly vital role in providing initial teacher training opportunities for graduates. 
 
Throughout the year as a NQT their teaching is observed by senior school staff and judgments are recorded. This process is quality assured by the Council which ensures all the statutory requirements called ‘The Teaching Standards’ are met.
 
Through close liaison with the Council’s experts and other experienced Enfield teachers they are introduced to sound teaching methods across a range of subjects, encouraged to attend professional meetings where views and experiences can be exchanged and get to know Enfield’s wider school community.

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