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ITT & NQT National Conference 2020

FTS successfully deliver annual ITT & NQT National Conference online.

Highlights from ITT & NQT National Conference 2020

Last week, our Future Teaching Scholars team welcomed 70 Scholars in their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) years for a one-day conference. This event, which is usually held over two days in Manchester, was delivered online.

The conference day was opened by Dr. Richard Churches, Programme Director, with a welcome message via video from Richard Hall, FTS Programme Lead at the Department for Education. Professor Paul Glaister from University of Reading, representing the National Advisory Group had praise for the Scholars:

“We all know that mathematics, physics and science education is important to the nation, internationally and society and you are making that contribution to develop young people for the future. I cannot think of a better way of training to teach, being emersed in teacher training right from day one of your degree.”

Our dedicated Scholars gave up a Saturday to attend this professional development focused conference, delivered by experienced teachers and teachers who have undertaken research in particular areas of learning improvement including:

  • Care and Training of Your Voice
  • Developing Students’ Literacy in Maths and Science
  • Inclusive Pedagogy and Differentiation
  • Managing Workload and Building Resilience
  • Maths working with Science: how can you support your colleagues?
  • Starting again: From KS2 to KS3 Mathematics
  • Strategies to End Educational Disadvantage
  • The Science of Learning and The Field of Educational Neuroscience

Scholars brought their thoughts and classroom situations to the discussions in the sessions, enriching their colleagues’ continued training as well as their own. Many also took the opportunity to ask specific questions to speakers at the end of the sessions to broaden their knowledge from more experienced teachers who may be teaching from a different environment from them.

The day concluded with ‘Remote Learning: What should we keep?’ delivered by John Coats from Notre Dame High School, Sheffield to address the current climate in teaching with restrictions due to the global pandemic and reflections on best practices to plan and deliver lessons.

The Future Teaching Scholars team would also like to give a big thank you again to Alan Denton, Emily Giubertoni, Isabelle Goetschel, John Coats, Laura O’Brien, Rebecca Turvill, Roger Terry, Sasha Fraser for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our Scholars.

To catch up on our conference day on Twitter, follow #FTSConf2020.