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Co-teaching 12 classes in NQT year - advice needed

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by ouegy, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. ouegy

    ouegy New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm starting my first teaching job in September and have just received the timetable.

    I only have 1 class where I am the sole teacher - the other 11 the classes are shared with 1 or even 2 other teachers, some of whom are not subject specialists.

    This has set off alarm bells as I imagine it is creating huge amounts of extra work in what is already going to be a tough year and I feel it will be to the detriment of the children's education, as well as my chances of having a successful NQT year.

    I would be interested to hear the thoughts of the community on what a fair timetable for an NQT should look like.

    Thanks in advance for any responses :)
  2. surfblue33

    surfblue33 New commenter

    Hi, I have just started my NQT year and 9 out of my 12 classes are shared with one or two other teachers. So far this hasn’t been a problem (it’s only week 6 though) but they are all specialists in that subject.
    I’m learning lots at the moment as we discuss the classes, their progress and how to teach the next item on the SOW. We also plan and share our resources.
    It’s been absolutely fine for me this far and I love my job. Colleagues are fantastic too and so supportive.
    Good luck and I hope it will go just as well for you
  3. atwoodfan

    atwoodfan New commenter

    A lot will depend on what behaviour is like in your school in my opinion.
    Also if you have fairly set schemes of work with a clear sequence of lessons.
    Yes, it definitely does create some extra admin work (and can complicate marking) but this will be manageable if everyone communicates well.
    I hate sharing classes as I like to plan ahead and know where we're going... I've also shared with some teachers who don't let you know what they're doing...
    In my school we avoid shared classes whenever we can (wanting consistency for our students) and would never give this many splits to an NQT!
    Do other teachers have similar timetables?
    It is definitely worth asking and getting advice from your current school on how to manage it.
  4. NewCSTeacher

    NewCSTeacher New commenter

    I am a current NQT in my last few weeks. I have had 6 shared classes this year with only 1 class as my own. A lot depends on the teachers you are sharing with. We agreed from the start who was going to be responsible for marking and data entering for each class and we didn’t face any problems there. Most of the time we divided the units so we were each working on separate topics and didn’t need to share any planning. The only problems I faced were when we were sharing a unit and had to update each other on where any of us had left off for the next to pick up. As an NQT I felt I was the most disadvantaged as I needed the longest to plan a lesson and didn’t always appreciate being told to change a planned lesson completely a few hours before.

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