Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance

RQT Leadership Programme


Recently Qualified Teachers in Primary, Secondary, PRU and Special Schools – a Leadership Project


To register your place on the RQT Leadership Programme (starting on Wednesday 30th January 2019), please visit the secure CPD Portal booking page: HERE

Headteachers and school SLT members are invited to nominate Recently Qualified Teachers (and NQTs they deem equipped and ready for the challenge) on mainstream grading, whose teaching is assessed as at ‘good’, or ‘outstanding’ to take part in this rewarding, well-established middle leadership project. Teachers may also put themselves forward to take part, with the support and backing of their Headteacher / School Mentor.

Cost: £195 per person. 

The course fee of £195 per person must be paid by the end of January 2019 and is non-refundable. The invoice will be attached to the booking confirmation email sent to all registrants.

Schools must also commit to funding the equivalent of 5 days release time during the duration of the programme for the participant to attend meetings, visit other schools and work with course partners / group members .

For more information, please download the 2019-2020 Course Handbook: Course Handbook HERE.


The RQT Leadership Programme:

  • Provides good to outstanding recently qualified teachers in EYFS/KS1, KS2 and KS3 a chance to develop their leadership skills. The programme is aimed at qualified teachers on mainstream grade who are aspiring to promotion or leadership within the next two years.
  • Gives participants the invaluable opportunity to design and implement a leadership project over a period of four terms, linked to a specific area of their School Development Plan.
  • Develops aspiring leaders; increases school capacity; supports staff retention; raises standards, expertise and aspirations.
  • Uses collaboration to create a culture of sharing and reflection, with teachers working in small groups (cross-phase and from a mixture of schools). Each chooses their own area of focus linked to a common area for development relevant to each school.
  • Uses Action Research as an integral part of the project.
  • Is supported by a project course mentor who is there for the RQT groups and individuals throughout the programme in whatever ways are needed.


  • Participants develop their leadership skills and improve outcomes for their students.
  • Participants use collaboration, visiting other schools in different settings, to bring new expertise and aspirations back to their home school.
  • Impact at each school is maximised by the Head or a member of SLT acting as the school-based project mentor to the RQT for the duration of the programme and attending the opening section of the launch day (Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 9:30am-4pm)the mid-way project presentations (Wednesday 3rd July, 4-6:30pm) and the final project presentation in January 2020 (date to be confirmed).


RQT Leadership Programme – Course Outline and Dates

Pre-launch research task:

  • Each Headteacher / RQT teacher to discuss together their school’s strengths/areas of weakness and to identify possible areas for a development project. It is important that the RQT attends the first all-day meeting with a likely area of interest/focus clearly identified.

Spring 2019:

  • All day launch Wednesday 30th January – 9:30am-4pm (NB: First hour also to be attended by school based mentors).
  • AM: Leadership, Collaboration and ‘Trust’, using action research to develop school improvement.
  • PM: Share strengths and areas for development; development focii and groups identified; action plans begun.
  • Teachers in each group visit each other’s schools.
  • Start on projects before the end of February.
  • Each group visited / contacted by the course project mentor to finalise overall action plans / see progress so far.
  • Review Meeting 1 – 2-4:30pm, Tuesday 5th March 2019. Share research and evidence gathered, progress so far and plan subsequent collaboration. Update planning sheets to include any new action planned this term. Middle leaders from local schools invited to present projects which they have led. Discussions on use of action research. Teachers develop projects collaboratively in their own and each other’s schools. Course mentor to maintain contact and ensure communications between the groups.

 Summer Term 2019:

  • Review Meeting 2 – 4-6pm, Wednesday 1st May 2019. Reflection, drawing the projects together and measuring impact so far. Planning of Project Progress Presentations on 28th June.
  • Project Progress Presentations – 4-6:30pm, Thursday 28th June 2019. Presentation of projects to the whole group as works in progress and the evidence gathered so far. Feedback and evaluations provided by all, with the aim of aiding the participants in their reflections on how the project is developing, what the project aims to achieve and how it can be improved during the remainder of the programme.

Autumn Term 2019:

  • In-School Implementation / Next Steps Meeting – 1:30-5pm, Wednesday 18th September 2019. 


Further programme dates / meeting detail to be confirmed.

RQT Leadership Programme Taunton Teaching Alliance at Heathfield - Starts 30 January 2019

Course Background

The leadership project aimed at primary school recently qualified teachers was first launched in 2014. Originally, Taunton Teaching Alliance secured funding of £10,000 from the National College to set up this year-long project. The first RQT Leadership Programme launch day was led by Tom Whittingham (University of Worcester), who has been at the heart of collaborative projects supporting school self-improvement in Somerset (and beyond) in recent years.

This successful leadership development programme, now in its fifth year, features teachers from all school phases working in groups, focusing on a common area for development linked to their school. Each teacher curates and leads their project, conducting research and gathering evidence. As part of this process, they visit their colleagues’ schools and aim for collaborative action research and investigation. The strength of this project lies in working together, and the fact that Headteachers and other school-based SLT mentors act as participants’ leadership mentors throughout the programme. The school SLT members also attend the launch day, supporting the participants in drawing up a set of shared, core values (based on the School Development Plan) to underpin the project work and aims.

At the end of the programme, each group will share their journey and outcomes with the other course participants, their Mentors, Headteachers, Governors from their schools, as well as invited guests, at a celebratory presentation event.