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Calling all NQT Mentors! (or recent NQTs!)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by annap3, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. annap3

    annap3 New commenter

    I'm shortly giving a presentation to a group of NQTs from the perspective of a mentor. I'm covering the usual ways to utilise NQT time, collect evidence, anecdotes from experiences with previous NQTs etc. What other, less obvious aspects could I mention? (I'm pretty low on the 'humour factor' at the moment!)
  2. lillipad

    lillipad New commenter

    Speaking from experience of the last time I mentored an NQT, the importance of remaining professional; i.e.- writing professional reflections and not complaining when you're going to be observed to anyone and everyone who will listen. The importance of taking your observations seriously and not just thinking that because it's not the head observing that it doesn't matter or count for anything. In other words, remembering that although you have a job, you still need to work at a certain level and you still need to pass!
  3. Gerbils150

    Gerbils150 New commenter

    Hopefully you are able to say that, as a mentor, you have a bottomless box if tissues and broad shoulders for your mentee to cry on.
  4. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I saw an NQT presentation when I finished my training and the NQT included a couple of funny pictures/sentences some kids had done over the year. She also showed a photo of the inside of her diary at the beginning of the year and at the end - showing how busy she felt before she learnt to manage her time so well.
  5. princess77

    princess77 New commenter

    I was a mentor last year. I gave the NQTs some of the advice from Sue Cowley http://www.suecowley.co.uk/100-tips-for-nqts.html

    I told the NQTs to make the most of the courses on offer, observe more experienced teachers in subjects they wanted to and we created a termly plan for use of NQT release time. It worked well. The termly sheets provided evidence towards the termly reports and showed how much they had achieved each term. Feedback from lesson observations was honest and constructive criticism was taken on board. Referring to that the following lesson when it had been acted upon was appreciated by the NQTs too.

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