Eleven Tips for NQTs Tomorrow

The Stable Oyster

Looking out to sea

The first time I went out for a driving lesson with my mum, I knocked off all the wing-mirrors down our road. It was mortifying. I had to go door-to-door, telling people what I’d done. Luckily, this was the mid-90s and wing-mirrors just reattached – there was nothing electric or digital about them in those days. One kind neighbour reminded me that ‘everyone was a learner once; we’ve all been there.’ And, of course, the same is true of teachers. We’ve all been new at one point. It takes a while to sort out spatial-awareness when you’re a learner.

So, here are some pieces of advice for those of you starting your NQT year tomorrow:

  1. Find out how you find out whether you’re covering a lesson, then check the cover-board every morning. It’s not a good look to leave a class out in the corridor, unattended, while a flustered person from admin…

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