NQT Programme Welcome Event

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Temple Grove School generously hosted Lewisham Local Authority’s welcome event for the borough’s newly qualified teachers (NQTs) on 16 September.

Nearly 80 NQTs representing all phases and key stages attended the event and were welcomed by Sara Williams, Executive Director for Children and Young People. Sara spoke proudly about our truly global school and local population.

We were delighted that Emily Gyimah, Head teacher at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Temple Grove School, was our very popular key note speaker. Emily gave an incredibly inspiring account of her own journey from NQT to Head teacher in 13 years – all in the borough of Lewisham!

Reassuring words of encouragement were offered by two teachers who have just completed their NQT induction period. Katie Prendergast, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College and Alex Warren, Rathfern Primary, reflected on their NQT years and offered their own top tips for success.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham and Councillor Paul Maslin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People were also delighted to meet and welcome so many new teachers to the borough.

Approximately 200 NQTs start their teaching career in Lewisham each academic year. Their hard work and commitment will be rewarded with some of the best training available through the partnership between the Local Authority and the borough’s four Teaching Schools. The Lewisham Teaching School Alliance Partnership (LTSAP) was also represented at the event.

Training to become a teacher requires a lot of hard work and dedication and is a hugely rewarding career. Moreover, choosing where to start your teaching career is an important decision and we’re honoured that so many NQTs have chosen Lewisham. Inspirational teachers are essential to our children and young people’s success and we’d like to wish all our NQTs the best of luck.