Teaching Programmes

Bolton St Catherine’s Academy welcomes and supports:

  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

  • Unqualified Teachers (UQT)

  • New Qualified Teachers (NQT).

We promise to provide both challenge and support in possibly the most noteworthy years of a new teacher and will fully engage with the DfE Early Career Framework within our MAT and with Ambition Institute.

Teachers deserve high quality support throughout their careers, and particularly in the early years of teaching. The first twelve months of teaching are not only very demanding but also of considerable significance in the professional development of the new teacher.  Our school’s induction process aims to ensure that the best guidance, support, and training are provided through a structured but flexible individual programme that exists both inside and outside of our Academy.



The induction programme will enable an NQT to form a secure foundation upon which a successful teaching career can be built. This is the same for ITTs, UQTs, and RQT’s aiming to make the next steps in their career.

Our school’s induction process has been designed to make a significant contribution to both the professional and personal development of NQTs. 

Induction includes:

  • An external CPD programme appropriate to the needs of the NQT. This includes local authority training and, if appropriate, subject knowledge enhancement

  • An internal CPD programme for all teachers in the early years of their career as well as the wider CPD offer for the Academy

  • Appropriate support via weekly meetings through the role of an identified subject mentor

  • Appropriate support from the school’s professional mentor

  • Opportunities to observe good practice from expert teachers

  • A reduction of 10% of teaching timetable for NQTs

  • Opportunities to identify areas for development and support to embed these areas, as well as celebrating areas of strength

  • Termly assessment and feedback at against the Teachers’ Standards.


Key people for the ITT & NQT programme:


Professional mentor for the organisation

The principal requirement for the professional mentor is to be responsible for the overall management and standards of initiating NQTs into the teaching profession and into BSCA’s systems and structures.  It entails not only a coordination role but also the record keeping of activities and the monitoring the quality assurance of provision.

Subject mentor

In addition to the professional mentor, who has the responsibility for the formal assessment of the NQT, a mentor is appointed to provide on-going day to day support.  The mentor will contribute to the judgements about the performance against the Teachers’ Standards.