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March 1, 2018 9:30 am 4:00 pm

How to really improve retention and the well-being of new staff in your prep school
NQTs and RQTs are the biggest flight risk from the teaching profession. At a time when staff well-being and dwindling budgets are at the forefront of our national agenda, this course will enable prep schools to take practical steps to better retain teachers and care for their well-being at the start of their career.
Session 1: Looking at the numbers: what’s the situation?
1. Where are we now?
a. What does national data tell us?
b. What do NQTs and RQTs say?

2. Where do we need to be?
a. What’s happening in our prep schools – models of good practice
b. Case studies

Session 2: What do NQTs and RQTs tell us they need?
1. Exploring what ‘good’ prep school learning, teaching and pastoral care look like and how we get there.
2. Developing strategies that make a difference to learners and their families
3. Tools and techniques to support behaviour for learning

Session 3: 3 things prep schools can do to better support NQTs and RQTs
1. Prioritising training and development
2. Techniques to review work load, cut unnecessary activities and encourage smarter working and a better work-life balance
3. Developing a positive professional learning culture

Session 4: supporting wellbeing – A problem shared is a problem halved
1. Creating an ethos of work/life balance and wellbeing
2. Identifying causes of negative stress and support strategies.
3. Developing support and professional development models through coaching and mentoring.

Course leader: Stephen Burnage

Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading schools across the UK, Steve is a sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant and trainer in school leadership, outstanding learning and teaching, positive behaviour management, engaging with data and assessment, performance management, staff development, coaching and mentoring and the performing arts.

Steve writes, delivers and hosts training and consultancy in schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East; and he is proud to be able to list all notable CPD, training and consultancy providers in the UK amongst his clients. Internationally, Steve provides training and consultancy to British Schools in the Middle East (BSME). The Council of International Schools; and the COBIS Group of international schools.

Steve is a trainer facilitator for the international division of Cambridge University Press, leading a team of local authors and translators to produce a National Curriculum for the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan.


London: Exact location of Course will be confirmed at a later date.