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The Golden Thread

The golden thread of teacher development runs through a teacher's whole career:

  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Early Career Teachers
  • National Professional Qualifications


Initial Teacher Training

Notre Dame High School is the secondary lead school for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT, the UK's largest. We have extensive experience recruiting, training and mentoring secondary trainees, ans also make a significant contribution at primary phase through our partnerships with primary schools.

Early Career Teachers

We are partnering with Ambition Institute on their new, funded Early Career Teachers programme, which delivers the government Early Career Framework (ECF). It offers a tried and tested two-year support package for early career teachers to increase their confidence in teaching effectively, and helps experienced educators to become supportive mentors.

National Professional Qualifications

With the Church of England and the Teacher Development Trust we will be delivering the reformed suite of NPQs, designed to support experienced teachers, middle leaders, senior leaders and headteachers. They complete the golden thread, running from initial teacher training through to school leadership, rooting teacher and school leader development in the best available evidence ad collective wisdom of the profession.