RQT Leaders of Tomorrow Programme



I hope you are looking forward to an enjoyable Easter break and will return ready to start the new term ahead with renewed energy and focus.  My office will be issuing our Summer Term newsletter in the coming weeks, but in the meantime there are some great programmes in the region that I would  like to make you aware of- the Researchers in Schools (RIS) Programme and The Scholars Programme.

Researchers in Schools (RIS) – Maths and Physics Teachers in the North West for 2017/18

Researchers in Schools  recruits and places subject experts – all with a PhD in maths and physics – in non-selective state schools to train to become full-time teachers. To date, over 160 PhD graduates have been placed to train as maths and physics teachers across the UK. RIS is run by the education charity, The Brilliant Club.

The programme works with local ITT providers to support participants through standard teacher training, alongside a bespoke programme that makes the most of their subject knowledge, understanding of universities and research expertise. For example, participants are given an academic position at a university and are trained to deliver university-style subject tutorials to small groups of high-performing pupils in their placement school.

Researchers in Schools has received a record number of applications for 2017/18 and we have a shortlist of candidates ready to be assessed in the North West. If you are interested in becoming a placement school, or to find out more, please contact Simon Quick (School Placement Manager, RIS): Please get in touch by Tuesday 2nd May.


The Scholars Programme – Supporting Pupil Progression to Highly-Selective University

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places PhD tutors to deliver university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils. The programme is designed to support pupil progression to highly-selective universities, and has a proven track-record of success; an independent control group analysis by UCAS shows that pupils who complete the programme are significantly more likely to secure a place at a highly-selective university (58% of pupils eligible for Ever6FSM progressed, compared to an 11% national average).

The programme runs throughout the year with KS2 – KS5 pupils. Each programme includes an academic strand which consists of a series of six university-style tutorials in any academic area, based on the research of their PhD tutor; recent topics have included ‘Gorillas and Guerrillas: Conservation in Conflict Zones’, ‘Ghosts and Mothers in Contemporary Spanish Literature’ and ‘Would a Star Float in Your Bath?’.  In 2016-17, The Scholars Programme will work with over 10,000 pupils in 450 schools across the UK.

There are still tutors available in the North West for the summer term. If you are interested in establishing this programme in your schools, please contact our Area Director, Leanne Adamson at Please get in touch by Tuesday 2nd May.



 RQT Leaders of Tomorrow 


Course Title: North West RQT Leaders of Tomorrow Programme 2017



This Programme is endorsed and supported by Mike Tonge, GM Representative of North West Teaching School Council and has been developed specifically for RQTs in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of teaching ready for taking their next step into Leadership.

It will build on and develop the essential skills they need to flourish within a school environment and will focus on top tips that will enable RQT’s to become even more effective in their role within school. The programme will also support them in developing their leadership skills to ensure their impact is maximised.

In addition to the Programme course dates participants will be asked to engage in a one day school visit between the patch days to gain exposure and learning from observing alternative models of leadership.


Target Audience:  RQTs ready for promotion



Course Date :

The programme will consist of 3 days spread from January - April to enable the skills learnt to be put into practice and their impact measured.

The Initial North West Conference will be held on 19th January at DW Stadium, Wigan.

This will be followed by 2 GM Patch days – Dates and venues TBC.


Presenters / Facilitators :

Dave Watson, Drew Povey, Helen Flanagan, Mark Miller, Helen Woodward



Course Objectives :

The areas that will be covered in the programme will include:

Ø  Leadership styles

Ø  Self-Reflection on Leadership

Ø  Developing resilience

Ø  Advanced communication skills

Ø  Effective team working



Cost : £75

If you are in the targeted Local Authorities which include the following it will be subsidised by GM: Blackpool, Cheshire West and Chester, Cumbria, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside

 To book a place please contact your local teaching school and  request  a booking form

If you experience any problems with this please contact for advice on how to proceed


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