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NQT Support & Services

NQT Appropriate Body – Services and Accreditation

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial Teaching School has been approved as an Appropriate Body. This means that it can help support and accredit the NQT induction process for teachers starting on their induction year at a cost of £150 per candidate. For further details please contact:

NQT Support Programme for Secondary Schools 

The support programme consists of ten sessions delivered over the year across three Teaching Schools Alliances: St Marylebone, West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) and the RBTSA. The programme is designed to build upon and enhance the induction programme undertaken in the NQT’s school. During the coming year 2017-2018, the programme will again take place on a range of evenings from September to July. Candidates this year have graded the wide range of sessions from voice coaching to creativity in the classroom as outstanding. As part of the programme participants will also have the opportunity to visit other schools to help support their learning. The programme costs £150.

Individual NQT Support

Individual support programmes can also be provided for candidates within schools if required. For all enquires related to the NQT programmes on offer, please contact:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

What is a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course?

  • A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is designed to support those completing their initial teacher training in their chosen subject. The contents should provide trainees with a developed knowledge and understanding in preparation for teaching and delivery of the curriculum.

Who completes an SKE?

  • Prospective teachers who have already secured a place with a Teacher Training organisation (Schools Direct or SCITT) but the place is conditional based on improving Computer Science subject knowledge.
  • Prospective teachers who have been working in industry but have not used school based programming languages.
  • Prospective teachers who have a Computer Science degree that needs updating or needs supplementing to be able to teach at GCSE and A-Level
  • Prospective teachers who have an IT- related degree and require an introductory programming course.

How long is the course and what does it involve?

  • The course runs over 8 weeks through online activities, weekly 2 hour taught sessions, and a once a week e-tutor session.
  • Activities will include a reflective log to support progress and best practice, formative assessment tasks and activities and the development of programming project.

What will be covered from week to week?

  • Week 1: Algorithms, Abstraction and Decomposition
  • Week 2: Sequencing, Selection and Iteration
  • Week 3: Arrays and FOR loops
  • Week 4: Subroutines, local and global variables
  • Week 5: Data Representation
  • Week 6: Computer system architecture, hardware and software
  • Week 7: Logic gates and boolean algebra
  • Week 8: How to approach a non-examined assessment

Why complete your SKE course with the Cardinal Vaughan School?

  • The school’s Computing Science department has some of the best results in the country, last year 54.5% of the pupils taking the subject at GCSE achieved an A* compared to the national average of 6.3%
  • All course teachers are qualified, practicing teachers with undergraduate degrees or higher in Computer Science or related subjects.
  • All course teachers have experience in delivering Computing and Computer Science at A-level, GCSE and KS3.
  • In addition to online and self-study components, the course includes taught sessions meaning participants will benefit from face-face support. These sessions are flexible and are available after school or Saturday mornings.
  • Trainees will have the opportunity to observe Computing lessons at the Cardinal Vaughan School
  • As a Teaching School, the Cardinal Vaughan has an excellent track record for delivering outstanding teacher training and CPD.
  • The school is situated near excellent transport links including Shepherds Bush Overground, Shepherds Bush and Holland Park Central line and a number of bus routes.

Middle Leaders

In collaboration with St Mary’s University we are able to offer a bespoke programme for either experienced or aspiring middle leaders. The course requires a minimum of six people and can be delivered at a time convenient for schools. Please email for further details.

Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

As a lead school in the Royal Borough Teaching School Alliance, the Vaughan is offering specialist subject training in conjunction with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. The courses are designed for non- specialist teachers considering teaching French, Spanish, Mathematics and Physics or those non-specialist currently teaching these subjects or those returning to work. Teachers will have the opportunity to develop their subject knowledge, pedagogy and become more confident and prepared classroom practitioners.

For more information, click here.

CPD Courses

We run a number of CPD courses throughout the year - there are currently none available. Please check back here, or on the RBTSA website at a later date to see if any have been added.