New College Durham Academies Trust

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Early Career Teacher

Whole School Professional Development Programme

Pastoral Training

Teaching and Learning Principles – Knowledge and skills, Challenge for All, Assessment

SEND Training

School Induction

As an ECT, you will have access to a comprehensive CPD schedule where you will deepen your understanding of Trust pedagogy. You will develop your knowledge of our three underpinning principles alongside pertinent evidence-based research to ensure you can translate this knowledge into practice. For further information, please speak to the Deputy Headteacher leading Quality of Education in your academy, who will be able to share the CPD calendar with you, alongside additional opportunities for CPD.   


Initial Teacher Training

Support from identified mentor

Access to whole school professional development

As a Trust, we use a variety of training providers for ITT students and ECTs early career teachers. Please speak to the ITT/ECT SLT lead in your academy, who will be able to support you with the relevant training. As an ITT, you will have access to a school based, subject mentor who will be able to support you as a trainee teacher in a variety of ways, such as help with lesson planning, curriculum subject knowledge, peer observations and data/assessment training. 


ECT Programme

Early Career Framework  

Support from an identified mentor

Parents’ Evening and Stakeholder Training

Curriculum Planning

Behaviour for Learning

The Early Career Framework from Teach First and NELT was delivered through online and face to face meetings. It allowed time with fellow ECT's both within the subject and beyond. The Early Career Framework supported continuous professional development in five core areas: behaviour management , pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours. 

My mentor was and still is a strong network of support. She has a plethora of expertise to which she has shared with me accordingly, which has been influential in my practice.

During my time as an ECT, I was a key colleague in designing the 5-year geography curriculum making sure knowledge and skills were well sequenced and allowed students the opportunity to build upon this over time.

During my ECT years I found it extremely powerful to learn from other colleagues within the academy and I still do now. Combining all observations to create a positive learning climate within my classroom.