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Developing Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment for NQTs

Applying the principles of cognitive science to the Newly Qualified Teacher’s classroom

Inhouse Training Course In-house

This course is only available to be delivered in your school. To find out how we can tailor this course to fit your needs, call our in-house team on 020 8253 8241 to receive a free, no-obligation quote.

Alternatively to search through our open courses visit our find a course page.

Suitable for: Newly- and recently-qualified teachers (NQTs/RQTs) in both the primary and secondary phase of education. It provides generic – but practical – advice on pedagogy and practice and is therefore ideal for teachers of all subjects. This course will also be of benefit to school leaders with responsibility for coaching and mentoring NQTs/RQTs and for those who lead on teacher professional development.

Phases suitable for:

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Course Reference: 8340WW

Great teaching is about sensitivity and adaptation, about a warm interaction between a teacher and a student, and about adjusting to the here-and-now circumstances of the classroom. As such, there is no silver bullet but we can learn a lot from the field of cognitive science about how the brain works and, therefore, which strategies and techniques can deepen and strengthen our students’ capacity for learning.

  • To explore strategies for differentiation and stretch and challenge
  • To examine ways of improving the quality and effectiveness of assessment
  • To consider ways of expediting pupil progress through formative feedback
  • To explore proven curriculum design strategies that make learning 'stick'
  • To share ways of developing a growth mindset culture in the classroom


There is no silver bullet – excellence is what works for you
  • Teaching to the top – a positive approach to differentiation
  • How to pitch work in the ‘zone of proximal development’
  • How to create desirable difficulties
Embedding excellent assessment for learning
  • A helpful mnemonic for MARKING
  • The impact of comment-only marking
  • How to manage classroom discussion and questioning
Embedding excellent lesson planning and curriculum design
  • Five features of well-planned lessons
  • Lesson planning backwards
  • How to embed constructive alignment and the SOLO taxonomy
More tips for excellent pedagogy and practice
  • How to use the ABC model of questioning to engage all students
  • The importance of big questions and 'wait time'
  • How to promote a growth mindset culture in your classroom
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