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NQT Synergy

Welcome to the NQT Synergy Forum.  NQT Synergy is an online forum of teachers in training and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).  The first few years in the teaching profession are never easy.  Trainee teachers and NQTs, we hear you!  You need support on a regular basis and we are here to help, listen and motivate you.

Why the name NQT Synergy ?

Synergy interprets as 'the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.'  Originating from a Greek word  συνεργός, it m eans 'Working Together'.  At Fig Tree International, we believe that teachers in training and NQTs are more successful when they are working together and have good communication channels with each other and other professionals to improve their practice, share practice and resources, and raise their voices if they are struggling, need to talk, or celebrate their successes.


Forthcoming Synergy Dates

  • 26th November 2020
  • 15th December 2020
  • 21st January 2021
  • 11th February 2021
  • 18th March 2021
  • 11th April 2021
  • 13th May 2021
  • 10th June 2021
  • 15th July 2021

Occasionally, we give great books away!

Books like this:


“Packed with warmth, humour and shrewd advice, this is a must for anyone embarking upon their career as a teacher. Teaching is an intellectually and physically demanding profession, but is also hugely rewarding. Becoming a good teacher is a skill that builds over time as we learn through experience, supported by the shared wisdom of colleagues.

The stories generously told here illustrate the importance of collegiality and the power of a good teacher to make all the difference to those around them.”

Dame Alison Peacock

Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching

How often does NQT Synergy Forum meet?

The NQT Synergy Forum meets once each month, outside of school hours and during term time, although there is an August meeting for those wanting that 'power step' and motivation into the new term in September.  

The meetings last for one hour.


"NQT meetings can be too infrequent and there are times when I just need to talk.  Also, I have a great school mentor, but sometimes you just want to talk to someone who is not responsible for your assessment."

What happens in an NQT Synergy webinar?

  • We start with some key tips around one particular topic e.g. behaviour management, applying for jobs, adaptive teaching, time management.  
  • There will always be a Q & A to address the questions that you bring to the NQT Synergy community.
  • We use breakout rooms so that you can connect with teachers of the same year group, phase or subject.
  • We invite different NQTs or specialists to contribute to sessions

Is there a membership fee for being part of the NQT Synergy?

Yes.  There is annual membership with the September webinar being free. The annual fee is £45.00, plus VAT.   This works out at only £4.00  per meeting!  The membership fee will give you access to all the NQT Synergy webinars (and any special events) which run across the year.  You are required to pay the full annual cost and are at liberty to cancel your membership after a year.  In view of the proposed two year induction period however, we would recommend that you establish yourself as a member for 2 years, continuing support for yourself, but also for any new NQT members that come on board.

If you want to stay connected after that time with the friends and colleagues that you make, please talk with us about Synergy Pros.


“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

George Sheehan

Why should I get involved ?

Invest in your own success and gain the excellent support so that your journey into the teaching profession runs more smoothly.   By joining NQT Synergy, you will receive both knowledge AND support on a regular basis as you journey through the best profession in the world.

The webinars are hosted by the CEO of Fig Tree International.  Ann has extensive school leadership experience at both primary and secondary phases.  She is successful at passing on this knowledge and knows what NQTs need.

Co-hosting on many occasions will be some fabulous colleagues including @MrTs_NQTs and @MrReganY5.

What Next?

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