As someone who is a newly qualified teacher (NQT), you’ve already gone ahead and finished the initial training required, received your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and landed your first teaching gig. As you continue getting ready to start your brand new teaching position, you’ll want to follow the tips below. These tips come straight from the NQT Co-Ordinator at Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance.
It can be an exciting time getting started with your NQT induction. After all, it’s your first real chance to put everything you’ve been learning into practice.
If you find yourself feeling uneasy, there is no need to fret. It’s a normal feeling to have when getting started with any new job. Here are some great tips from Dunbar Education to help you settle in to your new role.
The first thing you should be doing is locating your point of contact and introducing yourself. This could be an NQT induction mentor or someone else. Introduce yourself and take it upon yourself to ask any questions you might have that could ease your concerns.
Get Yourself Familiarized With The Processes and Arrangements
You want to read through all of the documents and pertinent handbooks that were shared with you. That way, you have full awareness of the various processes and arrangements of the job. For the current year, you might want to see if there have been any major changes in the processes as a result of the pandemic.
Always look at the school’s dress code when you are getting started so you don’t have to add getting dressed to your list of worries!
Find Your Way Around
You want to get familiar with the overall layout of the building. That way, you can find your way without getting lost. Try to pinpoint where your classroom is, look for the staff room, and figure out where the nearest bathrooms are located.
Having optimal organization is one of the best ways to ease your stress. You want to figure out what the first day of school is going to look like. Plan for breaks and first-day activities to give yourself an idea of what your schedule is going to look like.
Get yourself familiar with your schedule, class list, and think about how you will be seating the children.
Prep For Your First Week
At this time, you’ll want to begin drafting your lesson plans to prep yourself for your first couple of days of teaching. Always have backup plans in the event they are needed.