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Best CPD for an NQT

Discussion in 'Professional development' started by MayKasahara, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. MayKasahara

    MayKasahara New commenter

    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!
     
  2. MayKasahara

    MayKasahara New commenter

    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!
     
  3. Hiya, I am an NQT mentor, so have included a few points; all meant to be constructive...
    What exactly is your contract, because if it is part time temp (e.g. 2 days a week for a year), you will not be able to complete your NQT year as your year is based on days, not years.
    You really won't have very much spare time AT ALL (even though you are part time), so any you do have during your NQT year would be better spent with friends and family. This is especially the case if you do secure a full time job for later, as then you will start your new job exhausted!
    I love your attitude and think that it will really help you push yourself forward, so keep it up.
    Your mentor should arrange detailed, specific CPD opportunities for you in school, e.g. observing other staff, team teaching etc, and out of school, e.g. NQT courses and working in partner schools if appropriate.
    Further study is not really appropriate at the moment, the point of a masters essentially is to take your experience and use it to extend your knowledge, so get the experience first. I would recommend teaching for at least 3 yrs before starting this, but it is something to think about while working, e.g. if you notice you become fascinated with the impact of learning through play for EAL children, this could relate to a masters later.
    As an NQT, you are not required (and will be too busy) to lead an afterschool club, but could perhaps have joint responsibility for one later in the year (this is not meant to sound patronising, but you REALLY will have enough on your plate).
    In the old days, being able to play the piano guaranteed you a job in a school, but now it's pretty much obsolete unless you are going to teach the instrument. The same with a foreign language - it would be very useful to speak french or spanish, due to the requirements for MFL, but not essential.

    Supply teaching and SATs marking would be very sensible ideas and will give you a range of experiences to draw from. Supply teaching requires a lot of improvisational skills and behaviour management that you will really benefit from so i would definitely do this, in other schools as well if possible.
    I would concentrate on absorbing as much as you can about TEACHING and develop your own TEACHING style. Other possible areas are assessment and curriculum development, but use them for your own good, not because they look good in interviews. The rest will come and you're not expected to take on so much, so don't. As an NQT I received no support, no CPD and ran 3 after school clubs, all because i didn't know that this was not acceptable practice, so i do know what i'm talking about.
    Enjoy teaching and getting to know those children because your time will fly by.
    Good luck!
     
  4. MayKasahara

    MayKasahara New commenter

    Thank you, very kind of you to write such a detailed reply!
    My contract is a 0.7 maternity cover, for two-and-a-half terms. I already have one term of my NQT year completed and I have worked out how many days I need to do to finish it off (I know that you can apply to the LA for a reduction of 29 days or less if you are on a time limited contract) as it will be very close!
    I've been doing day-to-day supply interspersed with long-term supply since I qualified in 2009 so I have experience of a variety of schools! Depending on how much demand for my services the school I'll be working at has on my day off I thought of asking to do observations at other schools - e.g. special school, high school, Independent school etc. to broaden my horizons a bit.
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    Occasionally the person specifications for jobs stipulate ability to play an instrument which is why I thought of this. I do have basic Spanish (which is the language taught at my new school) so I might look at topping this up to a higher level.
    Thanks again!


     

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