I'll be starting a part time temporary contract in a primary school later this year which will hopefully allow me to complete my NQT year. I was wondering if anyone has any advice as to things I could do (either as part of my job or in my spare time) that will (a) help me to become a really good teacher and (b) help me get a full-time permanent job for next September. So far I have thought of: Observing colleagues in my school (I'm sure I'd do this anyway as an NQT) Asking if I can observe at other schools (e.g. specialist school, high school etc.) Further study (e.g. towards a Masters in Teaching or Education) Doing supply teaching in other year-groups at my school on the days I'm not working Volunteering for any projects/ working groups/ initiatives SATs marking (could be good if I want to apply for jobs in Y6) Going on (relevant) courses/ TeachMeets/ Online networking Personal reading (books/ articles/ online) Offering to do an after-school club/ help with the school website/ shadow a Subject Leader Learning to play an instrument or speak a foreign language I'll obviously be working very hard in all aspects of my job anyway. I just wondered if anyone had any further ideas I could add to the list or thought any of my ideas were rubbish! I'm fully aware that if my teaching were not good then nobody would care less about my fluent Esperanto or ability to play the bassoon but I just want to make the best use of my time given that I'll only be working part-time. I know that none of the above ideas will guarantee me a a job next year but I would really like to have the best chance possible as I live in an area where 500+ applicants for a one-year contract is not uncommon!