It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, but your NQT year is never dull. Last Sunday, we held an NQT surgery on Twitter to look at some of the issues facing new teachers in that high-pressure period. Here are the highlights:
What are your top tips for surviving and thriving the NQT year?
John Socha, primary school educator and the creator of loveteachingltd.co.uk: "Don't try to do everything, remember to timetable some weekly 'me' time, watch your peers and learn from them. Be energised by the great moments, smile through and learn from things which go wrong and laugh...a lot!"
John Winwood, assistant headteacher and founder of Stand Out Teaching: "Don't be afraid to take risks in the classroom, constantly reflect. Your networks will support you and you're doing a great job!"
What are your best and worst memories from your own NQT years?
Ben Ward, assistant vice-principal for teaching and learning: "Worst: The realisation that, a bit like learning to drive, being an NQT with my own classes was where the learning really started. Remember you will make mistakes, have car crash lessons and need advice and support!
What would you suggest if an NQT does not have a job for next year yet?
EdCentral: "Would it be possible to find supply work?"
Would you recommend that NQTs get involved with extracurricular duties? Or stick to getting the classroom basics right?
How should NQTs manage workload?
John Socha: "Your school has a duty of care to YOU enshrined in their policies and your contract. Ensure they live up to that duty. Don't be afraid to approach your line manager and tell them if things are piling up."
John Winwood: "Find out what your NQT support is for next year, who your subject and professional mentors will be along with other NQTs. Make sure you take your full day in school prior to the new term and don't be afraid to ask...as much as you need!"