07-09-2017 - Jay Nichols - News - 0 comments
Top 10 Ways to Survive As A Newly Qualified Teacher

With successful students having secured their first teaching post or looking for work through supply, thoughts will be on getting their career under way.

Having been an NQT myself, my top 10 tips are:

  • Set Your Expectations - If you set your expectations high at the start of term, pupils will quickly understand what you expect from them.
  • Time Management - Planning your workload is just as important as planning your lessons. Set your priorities and stick to them. Complete one task at a time and don't drift between tasks.
  • Work/Life Balance - At the start of term, the temptation will be to plan, make loads of resources and plan a little more. Make sure you have a good work/life balance, whilst you want to be seen as hard working, you don't want to burn yourself out by half term.
  • Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help - This can be one of the biggest issues for an NQT, it's not a sign of weakness to ask for advice, your colleagues will see it as a willingness to learn and adapt to the new school environment.
  • Share Your Passion For Your Subject - Don't be frightened to shout out about your subject specialism, you don't want to tread on other teachers toes, but at the same time you want to share your updated knowledge.
  • Use Social Media And Forums - Follow other NQT's on Twitter, follow @tes on Twitter and sign up to the forums on TES. Teachers are more than happy to share their experiences, don't forget, they were all NQT's once.
  • Marking - Know your schools marking policy inside out, ask questions at the end of a marked piece of work and allow pupils to re-visit these and answer these. This is a perfect way for a newly qualified teacher to ensure the pupils have understood the work set.
  • Seating Plan - Firstly get to know your schools behaviour policy inside out, this together with a successful seating plan can be just as helpful as knowing how to control problem pupils. A happy classroom is a more productive one.
  • Learn Names - There is no better way to engage pupils than by using their name.
  • Enjoy Being A New Teacher - With all the stresses of being newly qualified, don't forget to enjoy your time in the classroom. You will never forget you first class!

If you are a newly qualified teacher looking for work in South Wales, please get in touch. We aim to place NQT's with partner schools who can provide support and advice. We currently have a number of long term vacancies for teachers in South Wales with schools who are more than happy to work with NQT's.


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