Golden hello to NQT support scheme

22nd October 2004 at 01:00
Trinity school, Nottingham, has been forced to come up with a special programme to tempt shortage teachers into the school.

All newly-qualified teachers are enrolled on a one-year mentor scheme, which includes regular one-to-one advice, the chance to sit in on other teachers' lessons and tips by senior staff on how they can improve their classroom performance.

Trinity, a successful Roman Catholic secondary in a tough inner-city area, says the programme has enabled it to recruit teachers where other schools may struggle. Mike McKeever, deputy head, said: "The first year can be a problem for any new teacher, but we work very hard on our support system."

Over the past 18 years the school has had 225 NQTs through its doors and two of the eight new teachers this year have been taken on in shortage subjects.

Ashley Cartlidge (pictured), 37, who has just started teaching French and Spanish at the school, said: "I wasn't swayed by things like the 'golden hello' - the important thing for me was to come to a school like this."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now