The NQT year for any new teacher can be rather daunting. It’s a weird scenario to be in. You are qualified in terms of passing your training but you still have to pass the year in order to be a fully qualified teacher. It is a sort of limbo. I remember getting to my RQT year and not feeling much different to my NQT year, apart from I now had a piece of paper saying I was a fully qualified teacher. 4 years later I’m slowly starting to not feel like a teacher fraud anymore. It’s weird, you don’t suddenly wake up one day and feel like a teacher. I’m learning everyday in the profession and I’m a great believer that is the way it should always be.
Your NQT year can be more intimidating than most for many reasons, such as:
- Finally being let loose and trusted with your own classes on your own
- Teaching lots more students as your timetable has significantly increased
- You don’t know the names of the memebers of your department let alone the students
This lists only a few things.
So here are my top 5 tips: