NQTs are the biggest flight risk from the teaching profession. At a time when Ofsted are focusing on staff wellbeing, there is a national drive to give more attention to mental health; and dwindling budgets, this course will enable schools to take practical steps to retain teachers at the start of their career.


Participants on this course will:

  • Improve their understanding of the drivers that cause recently qualified teachers to leave the profession
  • Explore strategies to better support teachers’ classroom practice
  • Develop tools and techniques to improve staff training, reduce teacher workload; and establish a positive learning culture
  • Lead an ethos of positive staff wellbeing to reduce negative stress, improve staff mental health; and develop a culture of positivity and engagement
COURSE DATE In-school only
  • School and academy leaders across all phases
  • NQT and RQT mentors
  • School business managers and HR personnel
  • Middle leaders with responsibility for NQTs and RQTs
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.15am: Looking at the data: what’s the situation?

  • Where are we now- why do so may schools lose high quality teachers early in their career?
  • What does national data tell us?
  • What do NQTs say?
  • Where do we need to be – so what can we do to retain those teachers?
  • What’s happening in our schools – models of good practice
  • Case studies

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: What do NQTs tell us they need?

  • Exploring what ‘good’ learning, teaching and pastoral care look like and how we get there
  • Developing strategies that make a difference to learners and their families
  • Tools and techniques to support behaviour for learning

12.45 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: 3 things schools can do to better support NQTs

  • Practical steps to place ongoing professional development at the heart of every teachers’ personal growth and support
  • Reviewing teacher workload and bureaucracy – Cutting unnecessary activities
  • Tools and techniques to develop a positive professional learning culture across the school

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Supporting wellbeing - A problem shared is a problem halved

  • Creating an ethos of work/life balance and wellbeing
  • Identifying causes of negative stress and support strategies
  • Developing support and professional development models through coaching and mentoring

Steve Burnage

Steve’s career spans over 25 years teaching and senior leadership experience in inner city, urban and rural schools. Now a well-respected trainer, consultant and author who is frequently rated ‘outstanding’ by his clients, Steve makes regular contributions to education magazines and newspapers and his ‘BiteSized Training’ is now a regular CPD feature in SecEd magazine. Steve brings a wealth of whole school, faculty and department leadership and development expertise and relevant professional experience to this course.