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Advice moving school after first term of NQT

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by Nqtfailer, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Nqtfailer

    Nqtfailer New commenter

    I have become incredibly unhappy since September at my first school during my NQT, I was misled, and I am not teaching my specialism (only 40% of my timetable) and I am predominantly teaching a subject I have no real knowledge in at a GCSE level. Which has affected my NQT so far with poor observation feedback and such. I was successful in getting a job at a previous school I have worked at starting in January teaching my specialism and wanted to know if leaving a school during my NQT year would affect it in any way? can the current school stop me from completing my first term as an NQT? are there any consequences moving schools during your NQT?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You need to discuss your concerns as a matter of urgency with your mentor/line manager remind them that the induction guidelines are clear about the requirements. You should not be teaching outside your subject knowledge unless it is with your agreement. Where is the support for you if you are teaching something you are not familiar with- there should be training for you? Many ,many NQTs do leave schools to complete their induction in a different school to the one they started in. Your can leave at Christmas by putting in your resignation at October 31st or you can negotiate an earlier leaving date if you are really unhappy (if you are in an academy then may have differing dates). If you stay until the end of term then a first induction assessment is completed and this leaves 2 terms of your induction to complete elsewhere.
    Talk with your union representative and ask them to challenge the school about the situation as this is essentially a breach of the contract by the school.
  3. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    Please please please change your username. You are not failing your NQT. Welshwizard's advice is spot on - the school are letting you down. If you have a job for January then make sure you resign by the deadline.
    Good luck
  4. rustyfeathers

    rustyfeathers Occasional commenter

    They can say you're not on track to pass... but they can't fail you at term 1.
    I left my NQT year in the April after a miserable 3 half terms, finished my NQT year elsewhere and eventually hit my stride.
    Just don't miss the deadline to resign.

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