Before we share our tips on how to survive and thrive as an NQT, let’s define an NQT. A Newly Qualified Teacher is a teacher who has recently acquired their teaching qualifications and who is undertaking an induction programme; the induction is a bridge between the training and the career. The induction process involves observations and assessments and needs to be passed in order to fully qualified. But what tips might there be for an NQT?
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Don’t take on too much
It’s tempting to try too hard and take on board everything that’s thrown at you. Don’t. As much as you want to please, you’ll damage your overall aims/goal by weighing yourself down with additional work, deadlines & expectations.
You’re only human
And we all make mistakes. It’s not the end of the world if something goes pear-shaped; you are after all new to this. Make mental notes on how it could have been done better and move on.
Preparation is key
Connected to time management, try to keep yourself at least one step ahead of the curve. Set yourself deadlines, yes, but also set yourself cut off points, after which you can take a (well-earned) break.
Share it! Never forget that you’re in the profession because you love it.
Don’t take it personally
There will be times you are hurt by the attitudes of those around you, whatever side of the fence they are on. Don’t let it get you down.
Manage your time
Time is your most precious asset – use it wisely. But be realistic, somethings will slip through the cracks.
There are no doubt the job can be immensely rewarding. Revel in it, your enthusiasm will pay dividends for all involved.
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