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Teachers in the limelight

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14 July 2016

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It was VIP treatment for more than 200 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who gathered for an end of term celebration at Millfield Theatre in Edmonton on Tuesday 12 July.

It was VIP treatment for more than 200 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who gathered for an end of term celebration at Millfield Theatre in Edmonton on Tuesday 12 July.

This event marked an important milestone in their careers making 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.

Enfield Council welcomes all new teachers into its 'family of schools' supporting them through a strong partnership between Enfield schools and the Local Authority.

The Council's School Improvement Service coordinates and delivers the development programme which gets new teachers well established with access to all the help and advice they need.

When teachers first leave university with their academic qualifications they must undertake additional practical and academic training as teachers for a year, before they can become recognised as fully qualified and endorsed teachers.

Throughout the year their teaching is observed by senior school staff and judgments are recorded. This process is quality assured by the Local Authority who 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.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Leisure, said: "My congratulations to all our Newly Qualified Teachers.

"Each year we have a new intake of teachers starting their careers in our schools and we want to ensure that they make a smooth transition from their time studying to working in our schools.

"Our support programme is the envy of many local education authorities and attracts new teachers from all over the country. Of course after the important first year some young teachers move on taking up new assignments, but the vast majority choose to stay in Enfield and establish themselves within Enfield schools.

"Attracting new gifted teachers and supporting them through their first year is one of the best investments we can make for our schools. It means that our schools have great teachers and our children can succeed."