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NQT Special: Making the most of your CPD

Mentoring, observation, INSET and external courses will form the backbone of your CPD during your NQT year. David Weston advises on how to make the most of these opportunities.

During your NQT year, your school will be offering various opportunities and structures of support. How can you make the most of these support structures to maximise your professional learning and development over the year ahead? Here, I describe the steps you can take to take control of your own CPD and make the most of three common forms of support offered to NQTs: observations, mentoring and CPD sessions. 

A key feature of your NQT year will be observations: you will have your practice observed on multiple occasions throughout the year and in return should be able to go into the classrooms of colleagues throughout the school. 

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