Newly Qualified Teachers

Ravens Wood welcome NQTs every year. We recognise that new teachers require additional support to guide them through their NQT year.

Here at Ravens Wood, we offer a bespoke programme of training for our NQTs alongside a wealth of other CPD opportunities available to all staff. All NQTs have a mentor in their subject area for advice and guidance plus a Senior Mentor who oversees the programme.

Our NQTs are formally observed at the end of each term and our Appropriate Body, Bromley Schools’ Collegiate, will check that new teachers continue to meet the Teachers’ Standards in their first year.

If you have any questions about life as an NQT at Ravens Wood and what to expect, please contact Mrs N Ashton, Assistant Headteacher -

NQT Testimonials

“I found my NQT year at RWS a great experience. I have developed so much in my role as a teacher, thanks to the excellent support provided by my mentor, as well as colleagues from other departments. The staff at RWS form a strong community and support each other in many ways. Discovering new ideas and strategies by observing teachers and attending Breakfast Club have been especially useful – I learnt lots of things I could apply directly, or with only minor tweaks, in my own lessons.

The feedback I have received during formal and informal observations has always been very constructive and I valued the meeting with our Headteacher to reflect on the year.

Top tip: don’t be afraid to ask for help – there will always be someone able and more than happy to support you!”


“This year has continued to ensure I am suitably meeting and exceeding the teaching standards through the support of my colleagues and NQT mentor. The KS4 curriculum was a real focus for me this year and as a result my lessons have become more fluid and engaging; allowing me to target individuals’ needs. Next year I endeavour to gain more of an insight into A level marking and my secondary subject Media Studies to continue developing as classroom teacher.

I feel that I am in the best possible place to continue learning and growing as a qualified teacher.”

JB - English & Media

“Top tip: Ask people for support or will not be judged. Even the most experienced teachers need help sometimes. Support from everyone at RWS is what makes this is a great school to be at.”

TB - Computer Science

“Top tip: During your NQT year, collect as much evidence as you can along the way. Make an electronic folder for anything that you could associate with meeting the Teacher Standards. This will make it much easier to assemble your folder at the end of the year as you won’t have to try and create evidence from nothing!”

JE – Maths

“My mentor consistently pushed me to improve the weaker aspects of my teaching practice. There is some excellent provision regarding behaviour management strategies which helped me turn around any challenges in the classroom.”

DC - English

“Training and support happened year round with BFL clinics and Breakfast Clubs; it was really useful for discussing issues/ best practice with other teachers.”

NG - Maths


Mrs N Ashton
Assistant Headteacher & Senior Mentor

NQT CPD Programme 2020-21
NQT Folder of Evidence Cover Page