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Supporting NQTs

The probationary process, which must be completed satisfactorily by teachers if they are to fulfil the conditions of their registration with the Teaching Council, incorporates two elements: the service requirement and the professional competence requirement. The service must take place after a teaching qualification has been successfully completed and comprise either two periods of at least 50 consecutive school days or one period of 100 consecutive school days during which the professional competence of the teacher will be evaluated by the inspectorate (Ref: Circular 0029/2012: Part C). However, the teaching post must be recognised for probationary purposes in a primary school, so that an NQT can fulfil these requirements.

There are certain positions in which an NQT cannot apply for probation such as Learning Support teacher, Language Support teacher or a mixed LS/Resource or a Home-School Community Liaison (HSCL) teaching position. Schools should try to ensure that the teaching post assigned to an NQT is a post in which the NQT can be probated. This is a real and practical way in which the teaching profession could support NQTs, during that critical entry period in their professional lives, thus enabling as many NQTs as possible fulfil the requirements of the probationary process.

The following workshops will take place in term 2 as part of the NIPT workshop programme

Practical assessment in my classroom: How?
The workshop aims to equip NQTs with a range of assessment methodologies which can be effectively applied across the curriculum. The NCCA Assessment Guidelines for Schools is the key reference for the workshop. Participants are afforded an opportunity to ask questions, share examples of work to date and examine ways of building and developing assessment to assist with effective planning, teaching and learning in the classroom.

Behaviour management: What is good practice?
This workshop builds on the Classroom Management workshop held in term one. It will aim to give NQTs an understanding of, and strategies and skills to manage, individual and group behaviour, in a positive and proactive manner. The NEPS Guidelines on Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties: A Continuum of Support is used as a key reference for this workshop. Relevant case studies will be examined and participants’ own concerns will also be addressed.

Literacy: What is effective practice?
The workshop will focus on the planning, organisation and teaching of a reading lesson, using a variety of texts. The reference for this workshop will be Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020.

Numeracy –  developing good practice in mathematics teaching: How?
This workshop will focus on the principles of good practice in mathematics teaching. A key emphasis will be placed on the development of higher order thinking skills and the potential of ICT to broaden pupils’ experience and understanding in the area of numeracy. Opportunities to discuss and share strategies and ideas will be a central element of this workshop.

Differentiation in Practice: How?
The workshop emphasises the need to cater for the variety of learning needs and styles within the classroom and provides practical examples and ideas for resources to ensure differentiation within the classroom. NQTs are afforded an opportunity to discuss a variety of scenarios that arise in the classroom and are encouraged to reflect on and discuss effective strategies. Uses of video clips, reference to key websites for resources are important elements of this workshop.

Múineadh na Gaeilge
Is é príomhchuspóir na ceardlainne seo ná deiseanna a thabhairt do na rannpháirtithe a bheith ag obair i ngrúpaí. Cuirfear béim ar úsáid na teanga agus ar struchtúr an cheachta Ghaeilge, an cur chuige cumarsáide, acmhainní, measúnú agus araile. Beidh deis ag na rannpháirtithe freisin plé le cásanna difriúla ó thaobh mhúineadh na Gaeilge.

Inclusion: Meeting the diverse needs in the classroom – What is effective practice? (Cross-sectoral)
This workshop will be interactive and will focus on the classroom environment and classroom planning to support inclusion. It will explore practical ideas for teaching EAL and will also identify approaches and methodologies which are particularly suitable for intercultural education. The IILT Diversity Toolkit will be a key reference for this workshop. Emphasis will also be placed on working with children with special educational needs.

For further information on NIPT supports contact Mary Burke, National Co-Ordinator (Primary), National Induction Programme for Teachers. Website: