How To Survive Your NQT Year

Suzie Speaks

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It’s the end of summer and in a few days time I will be sitting in the school theatre, surrounded by my colleagues. Among them will be faces that I’m not familiar with, sitting awkwardly in their new departments, making polite conversation about their summer adventures and desperately trying to hide the fact that they are terrified.

These people are the Newly Qualified Teachers. They’ve successfully completed their training year, whether it be a PGCE, GTP or equivalent, and they are now likely to be in a role of responsibility for the first time.

The NQT year is exciting, challenging and possibly the most stressful. It’s the year where most NQT’s start to develop their style and cultivate relationships with their students and colleagues. It’s also the year where expectations are dashed, sleep is lost and career choices will be questioned repeatedly. I have been a qualified music teacher since 2007…

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