ECT Newsletter Edition 1 - September 2021

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Dear Valued ECT,

Welcome to your first newsletter from KNSTE. You have made the transition from AT to ECT but this does not mean the support from KNSTE stops. We hope you view this as part of our continuing support of your career development.

We hope the start to the school year has gone well for those of you working in schools. You certainly did us proud last year and we know that you will be making such a difference to the pupils you teach and the profession. For those seeking your ideal role, remember we are here to help with that.

Read on to find out more about our ongoing support.

From all of the KNSTE Team 

Do you need advice on job applications? Do you want to discuss something about your ECF? Or do you want to celebrate and share a story of success? We are here to help!

Grace Marson is your key contact for ECTs


BOOK NOW! ECT Session 1, 21st September at 4:30pm - 6pm (via Zoom) 

Whether you are currently teaching or not, you are all very welcome to attend the first of our ECT sessions. Not only will these sessions allow you to catch up with your cohort, but they will provide valuable CPD with a different focus each time. Each session will also give you the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice and share your experiences. Sessions have been carefully planned to align with the ECF and they build on from your ITTE sessions. Future sessions are planned for 18th January, 2022 and 10th May, 2022.

Book now at


Coming soon…Philosophical Teaching and Learning CPD 

To build on your P4C sessions, KNSTE will be inviting you to take part in after-school sessions exploring philosophical teaching and learning. Look out for an email inviting you to the first session.


Featured resource – Dialogue Works: New Beginnings  

Dialogue Works produce regular resource packs called HomeTalk and they are designed to facilitate discussion in the classroom and at home. The latest in the series is based on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’ which is of course very apt for you and your pupils at the moment. The free activity pack can be found at  Try it out and let us know what you think. 


  • International Day of Peace: Tuesday 21st September 
  • Black History Month: October 
  • World Smile Day: Friday 1st October 
  • National Poetry Day: Thursday 7th October 
  • World Mental Health Day: Sunday 10th October 

Is your school celebrating any others? Let us know!



We are delighted to confirm that graduation for your cohort has been arranged and will be taking place on Thursday 28th April, 2022. As this date does not fall within the Easter break, an email to Headteachers has been sent asking them to sympathetically consider any of your requests to attend graduation to celebrate the hard work you put in to achieving your PGCE.

We look forward to celebrating with you on the day! 


Spotlight on…Wellbeing  

In the first weeks of teaching, it is all too easy to be consumed by work. Try to establish a healthy routine from the start. Set aside regular time off each week. You could decide on a set night that you will leave school earlier than other days. Make sure you dedicate time for your hobbies and the things that make you happy.

You will also be concerned about the wellbeing of your pupils. Now you are a qualified teacher, you are eligible to participate in Place2Be’s training for school staff. Through an online, self-led course, you can become a ‘Mental Health Champion’ which will enhance your understanding of children’s mental health and introduce approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools.


Career Clinic: Supply Teaching
Although September can often be a quiet month for supply work, stay positive and think ahead to a great start in supply teaching. Here are a few top tips for making a great impression as a supply teacher:

  • Arrive early each day, especially on the first day to get up to speed with the behaviour policy and any plans you have been left.
  • Introduce yourself to any staff you see in school – this leaves a great first impression.
  • Ask about the children and if any have any particular needs.
  • Have some fun ideas for time fillers up your sleeve in case you need to fill short gaps in the day.
  • Always leave handover notes for the class teacher.

Early Career Hub 

The Chartered College of Teaching has a dedicated website called the Early Career Hub. You will find this an indispensable resource, packed with articles, interactive content and much more. It is aligned with the ECF and Teachers’ Standards and is tailored towards the needs of early career teachers.



The August blog has been beautifully written by one of you! Read a personal and honest reflection on the KNSTE experience and training to teach during a pandemic. We are sure this blog will resonate with many of you. Find the blog entry at


We hope you found this first newsletter a useful source of information. Remember, it is your newsletter and so we would welcome your contributions and suggestions.

It would be great to see as many of you as possible at our first ECT session at 4:30pm on the 21st September. If you have any ECTs in your school who did not train with us, they would also be more than welcome to attend so please feel free to forward the booking link and this email to them. We wish you continued success in the weeks ahead.

Please remember to email Grace if you secure a job (teaching or otherwise).

In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes,

The KNSTE Team

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