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11 ways to ensure you provide better support for your NQTs this term

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 23 August, 2019

Retention is our problem, not recruitment. Research states that nearly half of all teachers in the maintained sector leave the profession within 5 years of qualifying. 

This clearly indicates the importance of providing effective support to help develop teachers in their first few years. The loss of a new teacher is more than an inconvenience. It’s also a serious drain on your school’s precious financial resources. 

So with that in mind, we’ve put together 11 ways you can support your NQTs when they need you most.  


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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

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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How to be an inspiring mentor and support NQTs

Posted by Chloe Vlahos on 22 August, 2017

A rise in searches for terms such as ‘nqt want to quit’ and ‘nqt depression’ reveals a harrowing amount of stress surrounding current NQTs in schools. Mentors therefore harbour an increasing amount of pressure to ensure NQTs are being adequately supported. So how can you be an inspiring mentor and support your NQTs?

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What NQTs want and need: how to really improve retention

Posted by Rosie Neill on 20 March, 2017

NQTs are the biggest flight risk from the teaching profession. At a time of dwindling budgets, school leaders need to act quickly and take practical steps to retain teachers at the start of their career.

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Behaviour management training: John Bayley's response to ITT report

Posted by John Bayley on 20 July, 2016

One of the gaps in initial teacher training in recent times has been training in behaviour management. The last coalition government scrapped the National Strategies and were content to issue a series of edicts outlining the legal powers open to schools and teachers. 

I have just been reading Tom Bennett’s report for the ex-Secretary of State for Education on behaviour training in initial teacher training*. It is part of the wider review of training due to be delivered by the IETT working group.

I hope the report fares better than Nicky Morgan as it shows how to fill the gap left by the coalition government.

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