The NQT year is a myriad of rules and regulations, assessments and achievements. Here we look at three of the most popular areas of concern
What is the MTL and should I be doing it?
The Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) is a new masters degree being launched this year. It is a classroom-based qualification providing support for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and teachers who are working in schools facing challenging circumstances. The MTL is currently available to the following groups of NQTs who took up a post in 200910:
NQTs who took up an NQT post in 200910 in a primary or secondary school in the North West.
NQTs who took up a post in 200910 in a school receiving National Challenge funding or in an intensive Keys to SuccessPathways to Achievement school in a City Challenge area.
NQTs who took up an NQT post in 200910 in some secondary schools in challenging circumstances.
These groups can enrol to start the programme in the summer term of 2010. Details of next year's MTL were not available at the time of going to press. However, eligibility criteria was amended in March 2010 as follows:
NQTs no longer need to have gained qualified teacher status in the 200809 academic year to be eligible for MTL.
Schools in challenging circumstances no longer need to be offering the full Golden Handcuff package for eligible NQTs to be able to enrol on MTL.