Professional Development

New to Teaching? 

Trainees, NQTs and Early Career Teachers

At Windsor Academy Trust we want to help you to develop a rich and rewarding career in teaching. If you join us, you will have a range of experiences open to you and a hugely supportive programme of professional development that will support you from being a teacher trainee, through your NQT years and right through those early years of teaching.


Whether you are fast tracking through to early leadership or honing your teaching craft you will find you are fully supported with a variety of roles open to you across the primary and secondary schools in our Academy Trust.

If you are looking for a school placement and experience prior to a teaching application we advise that you register with the SEP scheme. Windsor Academy Trust offers a variety of opportunities every term in our schools.

Trainee Teachers

We work with a variety of partners to support trainee teachers. We offer placements and jobs to trainees who come through both the University PGCE route and also the Schools Direct and Teach First options. Please contact us to find out more about who you might apply to train with.


Investing in NQTs is crucial to provide the firmest foundation in those first, formative years of teaching. We offer separate programmes for both Primary and Secondary NQTs.

You will develop your capabilities to plan and structure engaging lessons, that differentiate for the variety of groups in your class and use the latest technology and tools available. You will explore how to create a captivating climate for learning and how to handle low level disruption, as well as considering your important role in Safeguarding and supporting children with Special Educational Needs.

The programmes are run as a series of modular sessions with a mixture of twilights and half day session throughout the year to minimise impact on the classroom.

All the training is led by experienced facilitators with a wealth of current experience leading to high quality professional and pastoral support that takes account of your well-being in your important NQT year.

Both the Primary and Secondary delegates might also like to attend a key NQT conference run annually in the Autumn term.

What will an NQT get?
  • The latest on Teaching and Learning
  • Strategies for behaviour management
  • Reflections on pastoral care
  • A programme which is challenging yet supportive
  • The support of peers who share their successes
  • Support to put learning into practice in your classroom or department.

For more information or to book on the NQT programme contact