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´╗┐Early Career Support at Mercia Learning Alliance

Making a great start to your career is an essential. At Mercia Learning Alliance we build on our Initial Teacher Training work with a structured Early Career Support offer. This is part of our Mercia Pledge to support the careers of teachers working in Mercia Trust Schools, and those associated with Mercia Learning Alliance through our teaching school work.


Appropriate Body

Mercia Learning Alliance acts as an Appropriate Body for the statutory induction period of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). All NQTs must be registered with an Appropriate Body to whom termly reports of the progress the NQT is making towards targets are submitted.

This paperwork is checked and processed so that full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can be awarded by the DfE at the end of the statutory induction period (The NQT year). Where NQTs fall into difficulty a trained senior leader will be on hand to support cause for concern meetings, and ensure an appropriate support programme is put in place, to ensure the teacher can successfully complete the induction period.

To facilitate this we provide a friendly and supportive administrative service where high standards of customer care are important to us. Schools will have a dedicated and experienced office manager to guide them through their responsibilities and answer any queries in a prompt and friendly manner. Costs are kept as low as possible and no extra fees are incurred should extra support be required.

For further information on our Appropriate Body services please view our packages below, or contact us here for a registration form. 


Early Career Professional Development

Our philosophy is teachers never stop learning and never stop improving. Our CPD career ladder ensures there are formal professional development opportunities at every stage.

That said, the first three years of teaching (Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Newly qualified teacher (NQT) and Recently qualified teacher (RQT) are where learning is steepest and support needs to be intensive. To this end, we have been heavily involved in the design of the DfE’s new Early Career Framework and are collaborating with local providers on its roll out in 2020. In many ways we already provide a lot of what is proposed:

CPD based on school experience

We provide CPD for NQTs based on visits to other schools, build professional networks and forge partnerships with fellow NQTs who can share their experiences.

NQT coaching

In addition to the Appropriate Body we also offer NQT visits from a senior leader to observe their teaching, and provide coaching and feedback to enable them to meet the targets on their NQT action plans.

Onwards to a Master’s Degree

Teachers who have followed our PGDE programme will have 120 Master’s credits already. We support those who want to work to top up to the full Master’s degree of 180 credits through providing support around school based projects, mentoring and release from school to attend university sessions.

RQT support

We are able to provide a CPD programme for a cohort of 2nd year teachers who can continue to work with a cohort of teachers at the same career stage and access the support of an experience coach.

To enquire about Early Career Support please click here.