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Developing expertise: a free online course specifically tailored to support newly qualified teachers’ (NQTs) experiences in Wales

This free course provides a unique opportunity for newly qualified teachers and supply teachers in Wales (who qualified in Summer 2020 or 2021).

Are you interested in:

  • participating in a high-quality research informed collaborative professional learning course
  • developing your professional knowledge alongside other NQTs from all across Wales
  • building networks that will help you understand practice from different perspectives
  • engaging with key ideas that can support practice from research and enquiry
  • becoming a more confident and resilient teacher?

This course aims to provide opportunities to develop and extend professional knowledge and deepen understanding around teaching and wider classroom contexts, as part of a national community.

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
6 October 2021 Learning hours: 18 (3 hours per half term - 1 hour asynchronous support materials to be engaged with before the session and 2 hours synchronous live interactive teaching)

Who it’s for

Please note that this course is only available to those working in Wales.

This course has been kindly funded by the University’s Research Wales Innovation Fund Strategy (RWIF) and is therefore free and open to newly qualified teachers and supply teachers who gained qualified teacher status (QTS)_in Summer 2020 or 2021.

What you’ll learn

This course provides an invaluable opportunity for participants to build confidence, extend their professional knowledge and reflect on professional practice.

The course is collaborative and will be shaped in response to participants’ specific needs as they embark on their first year of teaching. Course content and delivery will be focused on professional practice, and will draw on key theoretical ideas, through discussion.

The course aims to support NQT resilience and wellbeing. It will provide a safe space to develop expertise through challenging thinking and assumptions about experience and practice.

The course will bring together ideas around:

  • developing and reflecting on practice (teaching, learning, assessment, working with pupils, critical reflection)
  • working collaboratively (sharing ideas, seeking advice and support, working with colleagues)
  • ongoing professional learning and research engagement to support practice.

Course delivery

The course will consist of one session per half term (term time only).

Each session will consist of approximately 3 hours of core learning to include:

  • 1 hour of asynchronous pre-recorded/prepared support materials, activities and reading (to be completed in advance of the live session)
  • a 2-hour live interactive teaching session at 19:00.

This course is delivered remotely online. We will provide learning materials, and other information (such as login details) in the two weeks leading up to the start of your course. Learning materials will be accessed via Learning Central (or a similar VLE platform) and will be available to access during the course.

You will not need any equipment except for a computer with good internet connection and a camera function, and the ability to sign into Zoom.


This programme:

  • provides a high-quality opportunity for developing professional knowledge and growth
  • will be focused on applicability and impact on professional practice
  • will be highly interactive and led by experienced teacher educators from school, Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) contexts
  • will be hosted via the University’s ‘Learning Central’ platform which allows for user interaction and flexibility
  • will draw on current, cutting edge content and research
  • will be delivered in a coherent, practically focussed accessible way, using real life examples
  • will develop key professional skills, knowledge and expertise in both teaching practice and critical reflection
  • will be shaped to be relevant to your specific professional issues and challenges.

Our team:

  • provides a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment in which to learn
  • consistently receives outstanding feedback from learners.

The design enables you to:

  • undertake the independent study element of the course at a time suitable for you, and at your own pace.

Course leads

Emmajane Milton - Reader in Education, School of Social Sciences

Dr Alexandra Morgan - Lecturer of Education, School of Social Sciences

Heather Pennington - Lecturer of Education, School of Social Sciences

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