Please find details of our upcoming courses and conferences below. Each box can be expanded to view the full details. To book a place simply click on ‘Book’ and you will be directed to our booking system.


Year Round Courses

Primary NQT Training Programme 2020-21
Thursday 10 September 2020
4:00 pm
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This well established and successful programme for Primary Schools has been meeting the requirements of the Early Career Framework for many years.  We know that those entering the profession in 2020-21 may have missed a significant amount of class-based practice and we have modified our programme to address common ‘gaps’ and concerns:

  • Will I be ready?
  • What will my school expectations be of me as an NQT?
  • Will my mentor understand? 
  • I have missed almost a term of my teaching practice, how will I catch up?
  • Will any NQT training programme reflect the lost term and support us in that?




The training package includes:  

Session 1: Welcome Reception
Thursday 10 September 2020, 4.00pm-5.30pm, online via Zoom


Session 2: Autumn Conference
Wednesday 7 October 2020, 8.45am-3.45pm, venue TBD or online

  • High quality Teaching and Learning


Session 3: AfL Training
Wednesday 18 November 2020, 8.30am-4.00pm, venue TBD

  • Visit to relevant phase school for ½ day followed by second half day conference (depending on Government guidelines)


Session 4: Network Support Meeting 
Wednesday 25 November 2020, 4.00pm-5.00pm, venue TBD

  •  Bespoke focus TBD


Session 5: Spring Conference
Wednesday 20 January 20210, 8.45am-3.45pm, venue TBD

  • Science, English and Maths


Session 6: Optional visits to Schools
February – April 2021, Various locations - TBC

  • 2 Optional half day visits to local schools (depending on Government guidelines)


Session 7: Network Support Meeting 
Wednesday 10 March 2021, 4.00pm-5.00pm, venue TBD

  •  Bespoke Focus TBD


Session 8: Summer Conference
Wednesday 16 June 2021, 8.45am-3.30pm, venue TBD

  • Reflections on the Year & my development
  • Wider educational landscape



Primary Newly Qualified Teachers. 



Please complete the booking form.

*New for 2020-21, the PTSA are working in partnership with the LEaRN Alliance and HISP Research School to offer additional Appropriate Body services at a cost of £300 per NQT for the first 3 and £75 per additional NQT.



Non-attendance on the course date will be charged.  Please see our charging policy 

NQT Accreditation - Appropriate Body 2020-21
Thursday 03 September 2020
1:00 pm
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The Portswood Teaching School Alliance is working in partnership with The LEaRN Teaching School Alliance and the HISP Research School in 2020-21 to provide an independent Appropriate Body service for the NQT year.

We know that those entering the profession in 2020-21 may have missed a significant amount of class-based practice and we will support the school in its NQT provision.  As part of this service, LEaRN will provide an NQT handbook, with training for mentors and ongoing advice and guidance on the NQT induction year. We will make you aware of any changes to regulations and support you with any concerns over the progress of your NQTs.

*NQTs do not have to be registered for the NQT training programme - we can acccredit NQTs who are not traning with PTSA.  


**£300 per NQT for up to 3 NQTs, and £75 per each additional NQT




LEaRN Core Induction Programme

The Core Package includes:

  • Registration and monitoring of the progress of NQTs and report to Teaching Regulation Agency (DfE)
  • Provide advice and guidance on the setting up of a whole NQT Programme (optional)
  • Delivering training sessions for Induction Tutor and mentors of NQTs that are new to the LEaRN (Thornden School) Appropriate Body
  • Provide NQT Induction Tutor information pack and NQT Handbook
  • Carry out a school visit to monitor that appropriate monitoring and support is in place and meets the statutory requirements
  • Give advice where NQTs are at risk of failure and advise on appropriate support packages of NQTS
  • Provide phone/ email support for Headteachers/ Principals and NQT Induction Tutors
  • Quality assurance of assessment forms against the Teachers’ Standards
  • Make decisions on the outcomes of statutory induction for NQTs
  • Quality assurance of assessment forms, against the Teachers’ Standards



Primary and Secondary Newly Qualified Teachers



Administration of bookings will be carried out by PTSA and your details passed to LEaRN Alliance.  Schools will be invoiced by LEaRN for Appropriate Body services.  A registration form will be sent to schools for completion.



Non-attendance on the course date will be charged.  Please see our charging policy 

Leadership Courses - NPQH, NPQSL, NPQML
Monday 02 September 2019
8:30 am
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Portswood Teaching School Alliance is proud to be part of the QTL partnership - a consortium of Outstanding schools, partnered with the University of Winchester, experienced in providing school-to-school support and leadership training in a variety of contexts from nursery to further education.  QTL is licensed to deliver NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML on behalf of the DfE.  The awards are certificated by the DfE.



NPQH has been designed to provide leadership development opportunities, challenges and support that will both inspire and motivate individuals to become headteachers or principals. When appointed, enabling them to become good and outstanding leaders whatever the context who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils.


NPQSL is a professional qualification for staff with responsibilities and accountabilities traditionally associated with senior leadership roles as well as experienced middle leaders seeking promotion. It is also appropriate for Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), Senior Leaders in federations, Staff who have responsibility for supporting other schools, Senior Leaders working in schools and academies who are not qualified teachers (for example, Business Managers, HR Officers).   


NPQML has been developed for staff leading a team within an organisation. It is often aligned with middle leadership in a school and might include staff who have aspire to middle leadership and are keen to seek promotion to middle leadership roles, those who have recently taken on a middle leadership role or a new responsibility or staff who are more established and experienced in their role.  




For full details of available course, including dates, venues and charges, please visit the QTL website


Individual Courses