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!

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • Teacher survival tips
    This guide looks at coping strategies and how to manage your time effectively.
  • How to stay safe as an NQT
    A booklet from the union VOICE on rights for NQTs, roles, responsibilities and attaining a work/life balance. 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 TAs.
  • Secondary NQTs and time management
    Links to Teachers’ TV programmes on time management with NQTs in secondary schools. 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.