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Two Rivers Institute RQT Programme for AY2021

Posted on: 5th Jun 2020

As we start looking ahead to September 2020, TRI is refining its approach to RQT development based on what we have learnt from working with our RQTs this year but also from new thinking and insights gained over the course of the past year.

We understand the importance of RQT development from both the DfE’s Early Career Framework and the Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

“Not enough teachers receive the high quality support and development they need at the outset of their career, when the learning curve is steepest.”

[DfE: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, page 19]

With many RQTs having enjoyed a high quality professional studies programmes during the course of their training year and NQT year, we have always sought to provide our RQTs with a programme more personalised to their specific career stage developmental needs.

Our thinking is strongly influenced by Daniel Pink’s book ‘Drive’ and trying to ensure that as we guide the development of our teachers, they have a degree of autonomy in choosing which area of their professional practice they choose to develop; they can achieve a higher level of mastery in their chosen area and also that there is a clear sense of purpose in improving the quality of their teaching and consequently the quality of their students learning. Furthermore, in line with the DfE’s Professional Development Standards, this is very much a programme which will be “sustained over time” rather than being a series of one-off opportunities.

The work we have done this past year with Andy Buck has also deeply influenced our thinking and specifically his Coaching for Impact Programme and his book The Basic Coaching Method. As set out in the graphic below, the BASIC coaching method is a structured approach to a developmental conversation where the coach takes the coached through the background detail of their issues, clarifies their aims, elicits the headline strategy and how this will be implemented whilst gaining agreement for the commitment (personal accountability) to turn the implementation plan into practice.

Basic coaching graphic


Synthesising Pink’s principles and Buck’s methodology, we have refined our RQT programme to give our RQT colleagues a degree of choice in the area of professional practice they wish to develop, which will be supported by a series of structured coaching conversations to support them in achieving their desired goal. Over the course of the year, the programme will look like that outlined in the model below based on plan-do-review cycles.


Full details of our AY2021 RQT programme including dates are published on the TRI website. Training for RQT coaches will take place on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 with the first group session for RQTs on Tuesday 29th September 2020. For further information, please contract TRI via the Contact Us page on the website.