By Zoe Shepherd
For the second year I have been working for Herts For Learning and the Alban TSA as part of their NQT training programme. I find the whole process hugely rewarding and inspiring. This year I led the whole drama programme and relished the opportunity to organise the weekend. I ran sessions on Engagement and Expectations for Key Stage 3, The Importance of Extra Curricular and Social Media in Drama, Time Saving and Survival Tips for the NQT year and Key Stage 5 teaching. Nikki Ward, a former Beaumont Drama teacher ran a session on fulfilling potential at Key Stage 4 and Emily Gray from Trestle Theatre Company led a practical workshop.
I find that running sessions such as this allows me to reflect on my own work as well as hopefully inspiring the next generation of drama teachers. The 4 teachers I have got to know this weekend are enthusiastic, passionate and determined. Qualities that I hope I still share with them. I have taken away some great ideas and shared some of the things we do at Beaumont in drama and across the whole school.
Sharing good practice is at the heart of teaching and learning at Beaumont. Our first Teachmeet is just around the corner and after a weekend with the fab 4 drama NQTs I am looking forward to making new connections and getting ideas from our colleagues on November 8th.
We are all learners and having opportunities to listen to teachers at various stages in their career is always worthwhile. I will see my NQTs again in March when I look forward to hearing about the next stage of their journey.