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NQT and RQT Support

NQTs / RQTs - Supporting your journey

Your journey into one of the most important professions – teaching, begins now. This is why our commitment to you as a Leeds Beckett student does not stop once you have graduated. We feel it is important that we continue to support and encourage you in your teaching career to ensure that you have a strong foundation to become an outstanding teacher. 
 
We would like to offer you our continued support during your induction period and beyond. The ‘NQT / RQT Support’ page provides an opportunity for you to engage in professional dialogue and development which can make a real difference in sustaining and developing  your profession across a wide range of areas, all designed to support you in meeting the Teacher Standards and progressing in your teaching career.

Plus Icon NQT Charter. We have compiled a Leeds Beckett NQT Charter that outlines the support we offer to our NQTs

What does this include?

  • The NQT support web page that contains information about support mechanisms, resources, CPD and blogs from NQTs
  • The NQT annual conference. Each year, the Carnegie school of education will deliver a conference specifically tailored to meet the CPD needs of our NQTs. The conference includes workshops and lectures offering excellent CPD which is led by guest speakers and experts in the education field. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The next NQT conference will be held on 8th February 2019
  • A transition document file outlining your progression and identifying strengths and areas for development during your NQT induction year
  • A tailor made 20 credit Masters Level module ‘Reflecting on Professional Practice’ which is geared towards the Teachers’ Standards for NQTs and is also offered to RQTs
  • A full programme offered at Masters level study
  • Continued support offered from NQT Coordinator and personal tutors
  • Free CPD opportunities throughout the year
  • Webinars and recordings on areas of educational interest and development

The NQT / RQT Conference gives you the opportunity to meet-up with colleagues, network and develop new skills to enhance performance in the classroom. Sharing practice with experts in education, the conference contributes towards your career and professional development. View the conference schedules and presentations

2017 Conference highlights:

NQT Conference 2017   NQT Conference 2017   NQT Conference 2017   NQT Conference 2017

Presentations:

Plus Icon Supporting your Induction

The beginning of your teaching career is an exciting time for you, however, it is not unusual to feel anxious and overwhelmed during this time. You may have some questions and uncertainties that could cause you stress. To help ease the pressure we have gathered material as shared by the teaching community on TES for your reference. This material provides advice and support around key areas such as behaviour management and lesson planning which can help to get you started, offer reassurance and save you some time!

Induction Documentation

Induction Guidance for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

Reducing Teacher Workload

Addressing workload in Initial Teacher Training (ITE)

Workload reduction toolkit

Keeping children safe in education
Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment

Behaviour Management for NQTs

Managing behaviour is one of the most often cited problems that NQTs struggle with. In particular the low-level disruption that is common in many classes. The following resources can be used at primary or secondary level with a small amount of adaptation.

Tom Bennett’s Behaviour Guide

Responsible Behaviour Guide

A good guide to dealing with low-level disruption – lists some easy to implement common sense approaches to behaviour management.

Classroom Management Strategies

This guide analyses common classroom behaviours, provides possible causes of the behaviour and strategies for dealing with them.

Managing pupils with ADD/ADHD

A useful guide with 50 tips for dealing with ADD/ADHD children, written by those who have children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD

 

Behaviour Management for NQTs (Primary)

Behaviour Ladder

This resource can be used to reward or warn pupils. It’s adaptable so you can alter the wording to suit your class.

Reward Tags

A set of colourful reward tags that can be laminated and given to pupils as a reward for good work or behaviour.

Positive Behaviour Management Resources

This is a set of resources (reward cards and letter templates) that can be adapted for use in either primary or secondary settings.

 

Behaviour management for NQTs (Secondary)

Changing Challenging Behaviour

A Teachers’ TV resource set on how to deal with challenging behaviour, includes a video, downloadable posters worksheets and displays.

Positive Behaviour Management Resources

This is a set of resources (reward cards and letter templates) that can be adapted for use in either primary or secondary settings.

Top 10 Tips for Behaviour Management

This is a nice reminder list of positive behaviour management, with tips on what to do and what not to do.

How to Succeed with the Noisy Class

This booklet provides practical tips on how to deal with noisy classes and manage their behaviour successfully.

 

Lesson Planning for NQTs

Lesson planning as a qualified teacher is different from the planning you did as a trainee, but no less important. Good planning is essential for good teaching.

Lesson Planning Design and Guidance

General advice on lesson planning and lesson design

Lesson Planning Part 1 and 2

Two short summaries/guides to the essentials of lesson planning from NQT TES expert James Williams

Assessment for Learning Toolkit

Assessment for Learning (AfL) activities you can put into your day to day planning. A useful summary of the main activities and how they work.

 

Surviving the NQT Year

Teacher Survival Tips

This guide looks at coping strategies and how to manage your time effectively

How to Stay Safe as a NQT

A booklet from the union VOICE on rights for NQTs, roles responsibilities and attaining a work/life balance.

Ease the Load

Advice from Teachers’ TV on how to not work full time if your job is part-time. Includes a video and downloadable advice.

Working Effectively with Colleagues

Advice on how to get the most out of your relationship with TA’s.

Secondary NQTs and Time Management

Links to teachers’ TV programmes on time management with NQTs in secondary schools.

Stress Relief for Schools - Managing Stress

Two psychologists offer advice on managing school stress. Professor Cary Cooper from Lancaster University is joined by occupational psychologist Emma Donaldson-Feilder to discuss methods of managing school stress.

 

More Support and Advice

Finding Employment and Career Advice

Jobseeking Advice Collection

Some helpful advice, tips and guidance for trainees for jobseeking, applications and interview tips.

Leeds Beckett University is not responsible for the content of external links.

Employment

News / Blogs

NEWS - Read our Autumn Newsletter which contains information about ALL upcoming events organised to boost your CPD. Put the dates in your diary and make sure you are informed.

Participate in the TeachMeet Event - see details

BLOGS - Read the blogs and get some great tips from NQTs and RQTs: Zahid Safdar, Lorna Ritchie, Rebecca Hardman, Melanie Broadbent, Francesca Ellis.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

  • Saturday, October 13th 2018
    NQT Support Saturday
  • Wednesday, December 12th 2018 (twilight session)
    ‘TeachMeet’ event at Headingley Campus for NQTs and RQTs.
  • Wednesday, 30th January 2019
    Maths Afternoon
  • Friday, February 8th 2019
    NQT Conference. See information above.
  • Thursday, May 23rd 2019
    Webinar on assessment and feedback.

NEWS - Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in teaching including information about governmental priorities and directives.

Ellie Jeffreys (Final year Primary Undergraduate student – 2017) sums up the usefulness of the NQT Transition Folder.
Jamie Kerrigan (NQT 2018) explains how the NQT module has added value to his NQT induction year.
Aisha Bi tells us about her journey through the course and her ambition to teach.
Zahid Safdar tells us why he has loved his NQT year.

Ellie Jeffreys with NQT Transitions File

Ellie

Jamie Kerrigan NQT

Jamie

Aisha Bi

Aisha

Plus Icon Transition Documents

These transition documents are for all final year Initial Teacher Training students to complete in readiness for your induction period. It is important that you complete these and get them signed-off by your tutor before you leave the university. Each document is accompanied by guidance to help you with the process. Please click on the links below to access the documents and guidance.

Plus Icon Ellie Jeffreys

Hello fellow trainee teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers,

It’s safe to say if you’re reading this- well done for all your achievements on the course and good luck for entering the wonderful world of teaching! I would like to take this opportunity to reflect upon the usefulness of the NQT transition folder and how this can be used to aid progression and survival throughout the first year of teaching.

After completing the NQT transition folder I believe this helped me to reflect on how I have met the Teachers’ Standards during my training, as well as informing targets and areas of further development for the induction year. I believe the folder will be a highly useful resource to use in the initial year as we have all created an action plan on how to address areas of development and planned ways of achieving this to demonstrate outstanding practice. For this reason, careful preparation, goal setting and an ambition to better ones teaching will result in great successes for you, your school and most importantly, the children!

Upon completing the transition file, I found the whole process emphasised my traits as a reflective practitioner and really encouraged thinking at great depth to highlight the successes and achievements we have all experienced during teaching practices. I found creating the folder to be a great way of crediting the successes we all worked so hard to achieve by listing strengths of each individual standard, which the Placement Standard Assessment Booklet aided brilliantly.

For my NQT year I now feel more than prepared to enter school with identified targets to further develop my teaching and have professional conversations with my mentor to receive any support in fulfilling targets to become the best possible teacher to benefit the children within my class. I hope that you believe the file will be as useful as I do. Good luck everyone, please remember to remain reflective throughout the teaching career. Wishing you all every success!

Plus Icon BLOGS

ZAHID SAFDAR
Why I Have Loved My NQT Year.
It’s official, I have successfully completed my Newly Qualified Teacher year! It has been an absolute rollercoaster, but I have actually enjoyed every single moment of it. The highs and even the lows! It feels great to start my first year in this profession on such as a positive note. Despite being a NQT, I feel I have gone beyond what is expected of me and sometimes I didn't feel like a NQT. I will discuss a few things that have made my year great.

My Mistakes
I’m not ashamed to say that I have made a few mistakes this year. For me, it’s important that I was not only allowed to make these mistakes but then being able to learn from them. I didn’t want to be bubbled wrapped in my first year and shielded from the issues in the real world of teaching. I didn’t want my mentor, my year group partners or even my head teacher fixing all my problems. I wanted the chance to try and solve them myself. I feel this year I have had plenty of opportunities to reflect on mistakes that I have made and make improvements next time.

Comfort Zone
I love structure. Having structure means I have control over my teaching and it would take an awful lot of things to occur for me to deviate from a set journey I have intended in a lesson. However, this year in our school, my year group trialled a new approach in topic. Initially, I hated it with a passion. It wasn’t that I lacked the subject knowledge, it was that there was no structure. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone and I struggled. Luckily, I worked with my year group partner and was able to lead a topic unit after my head teacher suggested I do so. After seeing it in action for two terms I was able to find a logical structure on how to teach it. It did mean there were a bunch of mistakes on the way but it was worth it at the end. But more importantly, it benefitted my children which was the most important thing to me. I’ve gone from hating this new approach to someone who is excited to lead it coming this September.

Managing Workload
I knew from the moment I decided I wanted to be a teacher that I wasn’t going to be taking books home on a daily basis or staying in school until 7/8 o’clock. It wasn’t going to happen. I refused to even consider it a possibility and was willing to do anything to avoid being put in that situation. During my student teacher year, I noticed that there were teachers who would mark throughout the lesson strategically and were able to get all their marking done before they left school. I wanted to be like those teachers and this year I would say that I am. I mark throughout lessons and make sacrifices to ensure that I am able to leave as soon as possible. My biggest sacrifice this year has been making use of my hour lunch break and avoiding the staff room until I had my books marked. This is something that has personally worked for me and I will continue to use this approach going forward. I have only ever taken books home on less than 10 occasions. This has meant that my personal life has not been impacted which has resulted in me being a happy teacher!

Trying New Things
I love trying new things if it means my children benefit. However, I always knew that not everything will be compatible with my children and that was fine. I have often adapted techniques or approaches to tailor specifically for my children. For example, Doug Lemov had an interesting way to answer questions and then use class input to re-answer the same question. I used this approach and tweaked it specifically for guided reading lessons targeting summarising. This worked well with my children and at a moderation session a fellow year group teacher wanted to trial it with their children. I also had an issue with my in class cloakroom, I found that the children were wasting too much time and it began to infuriate me. A colleague suggested a new approach and it worked! It resulted in better efficiency and more time was spent on things that mattered. Over the course of this past year, I have tried things I have read in books, seen on Twitter or even things that I have seen previously. There are even things that I have lined up next year which I am excited to put into action.

My School
This year wouldn’t have been as great as it was if it wasn’t for all my colleagues (too many to list!) who I could depend on for support and their advice. My year group team has been nothing but amazing this whole year, I have felt we have gone above and beyond for our children. My NQT mentor who pretty much is the reason for me trying new things like writing my own blog and putting up with my Kanye West remarks this whole year. Our school mentor who has done wonders with some of my children this year! My class see him as their third teacher. Our school SENco who has provided her knowledge which has led to my SEN children having such a wonderful year. The same SEN children who at the beginning of the year had such little self-belief now have a huge confidence boost! And finally, the head at my school who has always made it easy for me to talk to her regarding anything.

My Class
I could write a whole blog why my class has made me enjoy my NQT year but I thought it would be better if I'd just leave a final comment from one of them:
Comment from one of Zahid's students

AISHA BI NQT
Undertaking an undergraduate degree in Social Care and having placements within the education sector made me realise my passion for teaching. The PGCE option was a perfect opportunity for me as I have always wanted to be in profession where you can make a genuine impact on a child’s future. The difference a teacher can make in a student’s life whether this is academically, socially or personally is what appeals to me. Despite being from Manchester, I applied to Leeds Beckett University to do my PGCE due to the reputation of the university and the success rate of employability. The first couple of weeks prior the first placement were really effective, as this included training in areas within teaching practice and starting the first master’s assignment. The master’s assignments are useful as they help understand the research aspect of teaching.

My first placement was different to what I expected as it was hard managing both planning and teaching. Initially, I was unable to balance my social and work life. However, upon returning to university, I was grateful for the support I received from my tutor. I completed my action plan for my second placement and developed key areas to improve like behaviour management. I received full support from the university and was given behaviour management strategies to help me in my next placement. For my second placement, I ensured that I acted upon feedback given to me and due to my resilience and determination, I was able to enjoy my placement as well as improve on those key areas. My behaviour management improved greatly and I was praised for developing my own strategies, as well as implementing my tutor’s strategies. Due to the support I received from the university, I was finally able to enjoy teaching! Having successfully completed my course I am excited to be an NQT.

JAMIE KERRIGAN NQT
When starting my NQT year we had been warned about how it would take up more time than our training year. This made me really debate completing the NQT module. However, I am so happy I chose to go through with it. The module is set up in a way that is easy to access, tutors are always on hand to email if needed, there is complete understanding of how busy school life can be and as such deadlines are set at appropriate times which includes plenty of time to work on the module.

The NQT module started with our induction day which provided a route map of where we would start and what was expected of us along the way and ultimately where we would finish. When I approach my head teacher about this module he was more than supportive and offered to fund the module a part of CPD as well as giving me time of to visit the university, present and attend additional sessions. The distance learning element of the module is ideal and works perfectly around my schedule.

Our discussion forum which was set up by the module leader was a useful tool, not only did it contribute towards the overall module grade but it also gave excellent examples of the different experiences teachers have had and different ideas around teaching. Focusing on the teaching standards for a year and really looking at them in depth provided myself with addition appreciation and deeper understanding of what it is OFSTED wish to see from teachers. I was able to develop my pedagogy and approach to teaching to better educated my pupils by incorporating the teaching standards more effectively thanks to this module.

The support that was on offer from Leeds Beckett University as always was exceptional. Quick responses when I had questions on the modules, consistently good feedback, amazing tutors and what was required was explained clearly and concisely. The school I was in as mentioned offered to pay and also were extremely happy for me to use the school as a data collection point. A school that is always looking to improve will always want you to be chasing down opportunities like this module to show you are someone who looks to improve themselves and their teaching. I am now about to start my RQT year (2nd year of teaching) and I have been made head of PE. I have no doubt that this module contributed to my success in gaining this position.

For any aspiring NQTs, what I would say is that you are the new generation of teaching you have more up to date methodologies and ideologies about teaching. Don’t be afraid to offer new ideas, a strong school and strong department will always want to hear what you have to offer. The first year will be difficult but you are building skills, resources and lessons that will be your foundation for the rest of your teaching career, make these foundations exceptional with additional course and hard work and you will be an outstanding teacher.

FRANCESCA ELLIS NQT
During the count down to the Autumn term I felt very nervous and worried about being entirely responsible for a KS1 class as well as feeling excited about the adventures that awaited. My key piece of advice would be to use the summer holidays to fully prepare yourself for the crazy first term, get into school, meet your colleagues and get up some fantastic displays!

During my NQT year I received a great deal of support from my NQT mentor and my key stage leader, alongside other members of school staff. I was allocated weekly NQT time in which I met with my mentor. I was observed each half term and was given clear and constructive feedback that allowed me to progress as a teacher and meet the teaching standards.

Highs - having my own class, watching children make great progress, organising school trips, going on school trips, making great friends with key stage colleagues and meeting friendly parents.
Lows - OFSTED inspection and the impact it had on school, pupil progress meetings and meeting unfriendly parents.

Don't be afraid of asking questions. Work hard throughout the week but try not to take home too much work - it is possible to still have the social life you deserve!

LORNA RITCHIE NQT
Starting as an NQT, in a school I knew would bring new, but exciting challenges made me feel slightly nervous. The school is in an area of deprivation with a high percentage of mobility and a high percentage of children working below national age related expectations. Finding out I would be teaching in Year 2 with a very high percentage of EAL/SEN children did not ease the feeling, however once I met all of the other staff in the school I immediately felt reassured and more confident in myself to overcome any barriers I may face.

So far, my school and local authority have been very supportive. I have been given the opportunity to visit and observe in other schools as well as observing other teachers in my own school. This has been extremely beneficial to my classroom practice and I have implemented many effective strategies that I saw.

I have had many high and low points, but the progress that children in my class make is one of the best highlights of teaching so far. This shows you the difference you are making to individual children's development and it is very satisfying to see children developing their love of learning as a result of everything you do for them. Having found difficulty teaching some areas of the curriculum and schemes in place at school, I have now been given support from a maths specialist to ensure I feel confident going forward. I have also been given support from a teaching assistant due to explaining my worries to the senior leadership team regarding the number of children who will reach NARE, by the end of the year, in writing. I am hoping, with the changes, that the number of children reaching this can be almost doubled.

Considering all of the above, I would advise final year teaching students to verbalise any worries you may have so they can be resolved as quickly as possible. You should also ensure that you visit schools before attending interviews as the vibe you can get from a school by walking around is very surprising. It is important to ensure you research the school properly and consider if it is the school you want to work in. Finally, I would advise anyone embarking on their NQT year to take time for themselves and remember that you can only try your best and do what you think is best for the children on their learning journey.

REBECCA HARDMAN NQT
I’ve always wanted to be a teacher – I am one of the few that faced with the question: ‘What do you want to do when you’re older?’ was always prepared with the answer. As a child, I initially struggled with English and Maths and made poor progress until I moved school – teachers’ believed that I wouldn’t be able to face the SATs, let alone my GCSEs! Fortunately, with the help of my parents and a change in learning environment, I managed to prove them wrong – eventually earning a scholarship for my academic achievement at the University of Manchester. However, I still remember the humiliating moments: being the only child who could not recall her number bonds in Year 1, struggling to read and feeling lost in the learning process. As a teacher, I know both sides of the story -- how it feels to fail and, more importantly, the difference it makes when somebody believes that you can succeed. I want to be part of that difference.

In early July, I arrived at my classroom door for a transition day to meet my class for the very first time. Standing in front of thirty-one children, as a qualified teacher, was both daunting and exciting! This was a very different experience to my trainee journey and the prospect of the year to come posed new challenges that I was eager to face. First impressions certainly do count… that hour with the class allowed me a valuable opportunity for us all to learn a lot about each other. Therefore, on my first day in September, I was armed with a wealth of information to help create the strong teacher-pupil relationship that I am so lucky to have fostered in my classroom. Knowing that a certain child wants to be a GP or that Manchester United is their favourite team is just as important as knowing their academic strengths and weaknesses. In education, it is easy for a child to be a statistic or a label but these do not define the child or make the child special!

Over summer, I prepped my classroom and read all of the school policies to ensure that I was ready for the first day of term. I decided to theme my classroom and model my behaviour management system on the Harry Potter series. Even sorting my class into houses on the first day of term and designing a Quidditch themed reading corner -- cloak, broom and quaffles included! Being prepared is essential. Over the first few weeks, it definitely feels like you are drowning in information – take notes and prepare to process it later! You may be qualified but I truly believe that in September a new learning journey begins...

MELANIE BROADBENT RQT
Melanie
September. For some of you, you are beginning your career as a newly qualified teacher. Others, returning as an experienced or recently qualified teacher. Whatever stage in your career, I can imagine we all share the same anticipation, excitement and quite possibly, nerves. What is my new class going to be like? How can I make this the most successful year yet? How can I ensure that every child makes maximum progress and is happy in the process of doing so? These are all questions running through our heads before we have even considered what colour backing paper to mount, how our desks should be arranged and whether we consider introducing a new class reward system this year.

 

I am returning this September as a recently qualified teacher and despite having learned a great deal over the past academic year, I am ready and eager to learn more and further develop. Reflective practice is a key to becoming a successful teacher and I have tried to incorporate this wherever possible. I know it is sometimes hard to fit this in; with lessons to plan, books to mark, meetings to attend – considering how a lesson went can be the last thing on your mind. When you work in a profession that is constantly moving forward, always changing, moving on to the next lesson and the next, it feels pointless considering one that has already happened. Through this blog, I hope to impart some helpful tips as I detail how I managed to build in time to reflect and improve my practice.

‘The three Ps’. That is how I organised my life during my NQT year: personal, practice and pedagogy. I found that categorising my responsibilities in this way allowed me to maintain a balanced NQT year and ensure that I gave sufficient time to all areas of my first year in teaching.

Personal

Manage your workload
I write lists for everything. Sometimes I write a list for the lists I need to make! I know how it feels having one hundred things to do whirling around your head; you will feel so much better knowing they are on paper. Once you have written your list, prioritise. I have quite a complex way of prioritising which is involves four variants. I consider whether something is urgent and important which I mark as high priority 1, important but not urgent which I mark 2, urgent but not important which I mark 3, not urgent and not important which I mark a 4. Viewing your work in this way will encourage you to realise what is important. I allocate 60% of time to 1 tasks, 30% of my time to 2 (it is so important you carve time to do these tasks), and the other 10% is spent on 3 and 4 tasks. Often, I scratch 4 tasks from my list. You already have so much on, you don’t need to be worrying about wedging cardboard under a wobbly table leg or meticulously tidying stationary caddies. Ensuring you make time for what you consider to be important is vital – in the classroom, we are constantly responding to needs and requests from pupils, staff and parents. You may have a pile of marking to do or resources that need photocopying at the end of the school day but set aside half an hour to discuss with a colleague behaviour management strategies, review a SEN plan, or annotate your planning with children that excelled during a lesson and children who need extra support. Getting into the habit of doing this will pay dividends and you will be thanking yourself later on.

Embrace a positive attitude
At the beginning of the year, we are feeling refreshed, excited and determined to do everything to the best of our abilities. During the year, this zeal may fade as we become tired but it is so important that you maintain positivity. Sometimes, schools can become a breeding ground for venting frustration and blowing off steam, once the bell rings. Stand out from the crowd and be positive. Positivity breeds positivity – be known as the person who encourages and supports others. It is also of equal importance that you seek out a circle of hard working, friendly, positive and helpful people to surround yourself with too.

Relationships are key
In addition to relationships with staff, make sure you build time to meet with and speak to parents. Throughout the year, I aim to speak with at least one parent every night to say how well their child is doing and communicate something positive. Parents want to hear good things about their children. All too often we only call home to tell a parent when their child has misbehaved or there is a concern about their learning. Build a trusting and positive relationship with parents by communicating their children’s successes!  The same rule goes for the children. If they are doing well, make sure they know. If a child is not doing well, find something positive to tell them anyway. 9 times out of 10, this affirmation will be the boost they need in order to make progress.

Practice

Learning log
We ask children to reflect on their learning all the time – what went well? What could be improved? How can you avoid the same mistakes in the future? We also ask children to set targets for themselves. As practitioners, we should be doing the same. As part of the Masters’ NQT module, I gathered evidence throughout the year, which demonstrated how I had met the teaching standards. This served as a great opportunity to review marking, photos of displays, lesson plans and other forms of evidence. I was able to do this on an ad hoc basis and it fit in easily with everything else I was doing. I would ensure I made time to jot down a few thoughts immediately after a lesson or at the end of the day. I would then do an overall reflection in greater detail every few weeks. It is very important to be reflective – If you know a lesson didn’t go well, don’t ignore it but identify the reasons why so that you can avoid the same things happening.

Learn from others
In addition to being self-reflective, it is important that you welcome suggestions and advice from others. As an NQT, you will have a mentor and your peers. As a more experienced teacher, seek advice from others around you. Don’t feel shame in asking someone less experienced, as they will have trained more recently and will be able to offer fresh perspective. Frequently participate in learning walks and book moderations - I have gained a wealth of ideas from my colleagues through doing this. I have also been able to share some of my ideas with them. Remember, you are a team!

Refine your practice
Once you have taken all feedback into consideration, put the advice into practice and tweak the way you work in order to make improvements. Comprise a plan containing areas to improve and give yourself a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic target) to work towards. Marking work is very important and your school will likely do moderation throughout the year; ensure your books stand out by marking succinctly and meaningfully. As a rule, I only write something if it extends the child’s learning further. It is of equal importance that the child responds and completes this challenge too. Refine your lesson plans – once you have completed them, don’t stop! Check over them to see if you can add, remove or change anything. Better still, ask a colleague to look over your planning to see if they can inject anything into it.

Pedagogy

This is the one where most of you will think ‘Who has time for that?’ - I agree. This aspect can be time consuming, feel counter-productive and we feel guilty reading an article on teaching when we need to be preparing to teach the very next day! That’s the thing though. Research will only enhance your practice, it will prepare you to teach, it will equip you with new and exciting ideas to share in staff meeting or trial in your classroom. It will be the difference between despairing over the child who ‘just never seems to get it’ and being able to cater towards the needs of that child by trialling methods within your classroom. You will then be able to share this with a colleague who is going through a similar problem and it works for them too. All of a sudden, 10 minutes spent reading an educational journal doesn’t seem like a waste of time! Do however, approach new theories with an open mind. They may work, they may not. Ensure they don’t add too much extra time to your already full workload and they are simple for students to understand.

In addition to research, check to see what your union has to offer by means of conferences and events to inform your teaching further. Often, these events are free of charge, offer great resources for you to use in school and it is a great way to meet with other teachers and share examples of good practice.

So there you have it – the ‘three Ps’. I do hope some of this blog was useful to you in your preparation of the new academic year, which is fast approaching. I am sure there will be lots of highs, some lows and lots of hard work involved. I hope you all have a fantastic year and good luck!

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Distance learning Online NQT Module – Reflecting Professional Practice

This M Level 20 credit distance learning module supports Newly Qualified Teachers though their first year in the classroom. The module will enable you to critically reflect on your performance and capability as a teacher working within the context of the Teachers' Standards. (See factsheet below for further details).

Download our fact sheet for the NQT Distance Learning Module. View the guidance for applying online. You can also click on the link below to go directly to the online application.

  • MA Education - Designed to help you develop personally and professionally, this course will expose you to the latest in educational theory and policy.
  • EdD Professional Doctorate in Education - Earn a research degree with equal outcomes to a PhD through a substantive study considering the relationships between theory and practice.
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