COVID and change in the public sector: A case of Newly Qualified Teachers British Academy Funding - Small Grant £9650

  • Quickfall, A. (Recipient)
  • Phil Wood (Examiner)
  • Emma Clarke (Examiner)

Activity: Knowledge Exchange - OtherPublic and community engagement - Other


The COVID pandemic is having fundamental impacts on society, impacts which will have repercussions for
years to come. The positive response of the public sector to the pandemic is crucial if the long term health of
society is to be maintained. This project considers the experiences of newly qualified teachers, taking up their
first career role having missed a considerable part of their work-based practice prior to employment. This
makes them especially vulnerable in a period when schools will have little capacity for early career
professional development, with a backdrop of a retention crisis, with many teachers already leaving the
profession in their early years.
This project will follow NQTs through their first year of teaching to understand the challenges and opportunities
they face, how they can be better supported professionally and emotionally, to inform practices and policies
to ensure sustainability within the sector during and after the pandemic.
PeriodSept 2020Sept 2022
Held atBritish Academy, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • covid-19
  • wellbeing
  • NQT
  • education
  • public sector