Once you’ve trained as a teacher and have gained QTS (qualified teacher status), you will need to complete a year as an NQT, or newly qualified teacher. This year can be highly challenging – it’s your first teaching job, and possibly even your first ever job. If you’re properly prepared and know what to expect, though, this will make it a lot easier. Here are some tips to help your NQT year go smoothly:
- Be prepared. Putting as much preparation as possible into this year will give you solid foundations to build on in your future teaching career. If you plan good quality lessons now, you can keep reusing them.
- Listen to other teachers. They have years of experience and knowledge of the profession. Even just listening to them in the staffroom can prove extremely valuable.
- Be approachable. This is applicable to both your students and other teachers. If pupils feel like they can talk to you, it will improve your relationship with them and make teaching them far easier. Getting on with other teachers is central to your experience during your time at the school, and if you’re approachable, they’ll feel they can work well with you.
- Organise your workload. There will be a lot of marking, a lot of planning and a lot of paper. Keep on top of your work and make sure you know where everything is.
- Make the most of your observations. Don’t view them as something to be worried about. See it as a constructive way to improve your teaching, as advised by the experts.