Early Career Teachers South West (ECTSW) is a partnership of Teaching Schools from across the South West that focus and specialise in the development and support of NQTs and RQTs.

Our aim is to create a collaborative approach to Early Career support, developing and building on already established high quality ITT. Together we provide early career teachers with structured training to support their development in five core areas:

  • Behaviour management
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Professional behaviours

Ahead of the launch of the recent strategies and policies from the DfE around Early Career and retention of teachers, ECTSW offer a continuous and progressive career pathway.

Teachers deserve high quality support throughout their careers, particularly in those first years of teaching when the learning curve is steepest. Just as with other esteemed professions like medicine and law, teachers in the first years of their career require high quality, structured support in order to begin the journey towards becoming an expert. During induction, it is essential that early career teachers are able to develop the knowledge, practices and working habits that set them up for a fulfilling and successful career in teaching.
Taken from the DFE Early Career Framework – Jan 19

CPD and Appropriate Body services for Newly Qualified Teachers
Support and CPD for Recently Qualified Teachers

We are also pleased to announce NQTSW offering Appropriate Body services and NQT CPD, we are able to offer an online approach to NQT inductions and assessments along with excellent experienced practitioners.


After the success of this years RQT programme we have decided to run this programme again for 2020/21. This is a great opportunity for RQTs to be involved with CPD after having disruptions within their practice due to Covid-19.


RQT quote : Great information and knowledge given from learned practitioners. Excellent resources and practical ways to improve your own teaching practices. Valuable discussions with lead and other colleagues in the profession. Approachable and informative session leader.

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