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From surviving to thriving: advice for your first NQT year

Posted by John Mulgrew on 20 August, 2018
Teaching is hard. But it’s also one of the most important professions around, because it's responsible for cultivating and nurturing the next generation of doctors, scientists, business leaders and teachers. The first year of being an NQT is exhausting, emotional and can sometimes come down to survival. BUT, it’s also hugely rewarding and the first step in a worthwhile, fulfilling career. What can you do to thrive rather than just survive an NQT year?

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Thriving in my NQT year: 5 tips for survival

Posted by John Mulgrew on 7 December, 2017

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Guest blog from John Mulgrew, Head of Geography and LGBT Coordinator at The East Manchester Academy, in Manchester.

After completing your first few terms in your new role as an NQT you are bound to be looking forward to the fast approaching Christmas break! Like this time last year, I could not wait for the Christmas break to get some peace from the chaos of school life. Upon reflection of my NQT year, I developed 5 strategies to help with my survival, especially after being promoted to a Head of Subject role after 6 months of being an NQT.

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