My first week as an NQT

Added: Over a year ago by Teaching

Heading into school on Monday was both exciting and incredibly daunting. Thankfully, the staff at my new school are the most welcoming group of people, and being one of 9 new staff (and 4 NQTs) had me feeling like I had a support network around me to help me through the next few days.

I had quite a gradual build up to my first week of teaching, two INSET days and a year 7/11 introduction day meant I wasn’t on full timetable until Thursday?—?leaving me plenty of time to plan and replan those crucial first moments with each of my new classes. Despite many hours teaching experience under my belt from my trainee year, I was very aware of the fact that I was going to be in my own classroom, with my own set of ground rules, and I was nervous about how to ‘set out my stall’.

By the end of day on Friday, I had successfully met my classes, I had managed to stand in a classroom of students, on my own and it didn’t all descend immediately into chaos! I have been in and out of HOD classroom countless times asking for advice, updating on how it’s going and just generally seeking support?—?I don’t imagine that will change any time soon. I have a long long list of things I want to tweak and improve to give my students the best support I can?—?but I survived!