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Secondary NQT/RQT Enhancement Programme

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Welcome to the Secondary NQT/RQT website. We really enjoyed working with you throughout your PGCE year and we hope you are enjoying the challenge of your first year in school as ‘Hope’ teachers.

It is a demanding year and we want to maintain our relationship with you and support you in your Continuous Professional Development as much as possible. You can always access advice and guidance from the NQT/RQT Enhancement Programme here at LHU and we hope that we can continue to work together throughout your NQT year and beyond!

There is subject specific advice available to you on the NQT/RQT subject Moodle, and you will find a range of more generic resources on the above tabs which will help you develop your knowledge of key areas within the secondary education arena. There is also a link to NQT/RQT events/conferences at Hope that are available to you on a termly basis.

Please feel free to get in touch to make any suggestions for developing our NQT/RQT support; we are always happy to hear from you. Meanwhile, we wish you all the very best in your future teaching career.

For more information, please contact 

Programme aims

The programme aims to provide you with:

  • The support to successfully engage with, and complete, your NQT induction year
  • The knowledge, skills and understanding essential to become an effective and competent teaching practitioner
  • The skills to critically reflect so that you can improve on your own practice and make a significant contribution to improving your classroom practice and raising achievement
  • The opportunity, and context, to engage critically with your own professional experiences.

What will the programme include?

  • Three NQT/RQT Conferences that will take place at significant points throughout 2017-2018 (one per term) free of charge. Workshops and lectures will be led by guest speakers and experts in the field of education
  • Free/subsidised CPD opportunities throughout the year.
  • Access to teaching resources online (via Moodle and the website).
  • Student email account, library access (borrowing rights for up to 3 books) and NQT/RQT Moodle account.

*please note, there are both accredited and non-accredited routes are available for NQTs and RQTs to enrol onto. For those following the accredited route, you will be required to attend stipulated dates, including tutorials and complete any assessments. Please see Developing Practice for Early Career Practitioners for further information.

Three key conferences will be delivered throughout the year free of charge for LHU NQT/RQTs.

2017/18 Professional Development Days

Friday 20th October 2017 Brave the Rage: Behaviour Management: solutions to bullying and anger
Friday 9th February 2018 Life in Modern Britain: Mental Health – supporting your own and your pupils’ wellbeing
Friday 8th June 2018 Female Gential Mutilation: Prevention and Safeguarding

In each conference a range of lectures, workshops and critical discussion will take place. Key themes will be addressed every year, depending on school, government and trainee needs. These may include:

  • Importance of School Community
  • Behaviour Management and Teacher Identity
  • Counter Terrorism Act & Security Act 2015
  • SEN in Practice
  • Policy: Government Priorities and Directives

Each conference will provide the opportunity to network with other NQTs and RQTs and speak with tutors/experts here at Liverpool Hope. For further details on the conferences or how to book please email

Get the interview, Get the job Workshops

Paul Kinsella, Headteacher, St Monica’s Catholic Primary School, Bootle

Date: Wednesday 9th May, 4pm - 6pm

Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Eden036 Lecture Theatre, Eden Building

Cost: FREE

This course has been designed to support you in securing your first teaching position and will focus on writing your application, letter and on your interview.

The course will be led by Paul Kinsella, Headteacher at St Monica's Catholic Primary School in Bootle, Liverpool. He has led the school to OFSTED outstanding status on four successive occasions and he has been a governor in five different schools for over 20 years, interviewing and appointing numerous NQT's.

Paul will give insights into how your application and letter, (one of potentially 70 being considered), gets onto the shortlist. He will also inform you how, once you have made it onto the shortlist, your interview answers can get you the job.

The competition for NQT posts is extremely intense and this insight could prove an invaluable aid to enhancing your job prospects.

How to Book

To book onto this course please email 

Twilight Curriculum Subject Focus Events

Dates: TBC (will run Jan 2019)

As part of Liverpool Hope University’s continued support and development programme for NQTs and RQTs we are offering free twilight CPD opportunities across the days to our former trainees and partner schools.

The focus for the NQT/RQT events is around specific Curriculum Subject updates. These may include:

  • Latest Ofsted/government guidance for the area
  • Latest evidence-based research relevant to the subject
  • Latest updates on personal research/scholarly activity undertaken by LHU subject team
  • Latest thinking around assessment in these areas
  • Links to new resources on Moodle for NQTs/RQTs
  • Links to subject associations

Please find below a range of links and documents that may be useful to you during your induction year:

Please find below a link to Liverpool Children and Young People's Service and relevant Diocesan Boards which will also have a duty to make sure all NQT's have met the standards set by the Department for Education. A programme of training is also provided which will supplement your school's own induction programme:

Local Authorities


For those of you searching for a teaching position keep up to date with TES Jobs.

NQT/RQT Library Access

To gain access to the Library services at Liverpool Hope you will need to apply as a visitor to the library which will give you 3 loans and a kit as well as use of the physical spaces and photocopiers. To do this, you need to visit the Library page, read the information and download and return the visitor application form. On the form please tick the Teacher Visitor box, you will also need to provide a passport-size photograph and bring proof of identity.

Contact us

The NQT Team
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
L16 9JD

T: 0151 291 3834