Top Tips for Getting Through the First Year as an NQT

The first year as an NQT can be daunting. No matter how prepared you feel, when it gets to the classroom, it’s natural that nerves will set in. Don’t worry. We’ve been there and we know how it feels.

When it comes to getting through the first year, we all find different things to help. So we thought we would share our top tips from our experience as NQT’s.

Go easy on yourself

At Educate, we started our career as teachers, and many have come before and after us. Every teacher you come into contact with in your first year has stood where you are stood. Remember that things don’t always worked out as you planned and go easy on yourself as you settle into the first year as an NQT. Use to the year to top up your experience so far and take things as they come.

Form bonds

You will know from your training that it’s important to build a strong mentor relationship. It’s important that you have someone to go to for help and advice. Someone who has experienced a similar situation before and knows how to get the best result. But forming bonds should go beyond this. Are there other NQT’s at the school? Why not introduce yourself and support each other. It’s always good to share experiences and learn from others.

Let parents get to know you

You are now the person in charge of teaching the children of parents from the local area. You are the person they will come to if they have any concerns or questions about your classes. Why not hold an informal ‘getting to know me’ session? It doesn’t need to be anything complicated. But, introducing yourself to parents and letting them know your aims for the year will help develop relationships. This will form a trust with parents and you are likely to reap the rewards throughout the year.

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Get involved in your first year as an NQT

The first year as an NQT is where you get to use all your training and encourage children to learn. But this doesn’t stop in the classroom. Get involved in projects outside of school. Maybe there’s a club you can get involved in. Or an upcoming field trip you could volunteer for. Getting access to all the various ways you can make a difference will not only be rewarding. You can use the skills and experience you gained when starting your second year too.

Save yourself time

When it comes to lesson planning and other teaching resources, there’s no need to start from scratch. There are so many great places that you can access templates online. There’s everything from how to provide whole class feedback to homework and curriculum planning. Teacher Toolkit is a great place to start. Ask others for recommendations on online resources too. You’ll be really glad you did!

We really hope that you find this advice useful and we wish you the best of luck in your first year as an NQT. Welcome to one of the most rewarding careers you will ever have!