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Help for NQTs loss of confidence

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Smartlady, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. My son started his first year of teaching in September having taken his PGCE after working in retail for nine years. We all thought all was OK, we knew he was teaching A level Economics and had not studied this subject (Degree and PGCE in Business Studies) but did not realise he had 6 lessons of AS and 6 lessons of A2 Economics a week. He has been working hard learning the course, preparing lessons, marking etc, but last week just broke down and could not face going in to school. We managed to get him to go in on Wednesday and speak to his HOD, Head and he went in again on Thursday. However, was physically sick when he tried to leave the house on Friday, he has not gone in again today. He is on a temporary one year contract and had the promise of it becoming permanent when they saw how he coped with the Economics. He was told on Wednesday by the head that he understood and would get someoone in to take over the Economics and find some KS3 lessons for him to teach. He also said that he would support him and give him a reference on the way he has performed teaching GCSE and A level Business Studies.
    It is now obvious he hasn't been coping for a while (before October half term) and it has now imploded in his mind and he is unable to face going in to his school. He emailed his HOD on Friday asking how things were going re his new timetable but got no reply so his wife (who is very supportive) rang the HOD. He spoke to my son and my son gave him work for today. He has a doctors appointed booked for today so hope that helps.
    We live almost 200 miles away from them so finding it difficult as he doesn't want us to go down. He also has very supportive in laws.
    What can be done to helpl? How will this affect passing his NQT year? If he feels to is unable to return to the school, could he get another job to complete his induction year? He still wants to teach but not Economics. Both my husband and I were teachers and feel from what we have heard that there doesn't seem to be the support we have seen given in the schools in which we have taught.
    Thank you for any advice that you may be able to give me.

     
  2. My son started his first year of teaching in September having taken his PGCE after working in retail for nine years. We all thought all was OK, we knew he was teaching A level Economics and had not studied this subject (Degree and PGCE in Business Studies) but did not realise he had 6 lessons of AS and 6 lessons of A2 Economics a week. He has been working hard learning the course, preparing lessons, marking etc, but last week just broke down and could not face going in to school. We managed to get him to go in on Wednesday and speak to his HOD, Head and he went in again on Thursday. However, was physically sick when he tried to leave the house on Friday, he has not gone in again today. He is on a temporary one year contract and had the promise of it becoming permanent when they saw how he coped with the Economics. He was told on Wednesday by the head that he understood and would get someoone in to take over the Economics and find some KS3 lessons for him to teach. He also said that he would support him and give him a reference on the way he has performed teaching GCSE and A level Business Studies.
    It is now obvious he hasn't been coping for a while (before October half term) and it has now imploded in his mind and he is unable to face going in to his school. He emailed his HOD on Friday asking how things were going re his new timetable but got no reply so his wife (who is very supportive) rang the HOD. He spoke to my son and my son gave him work for today. He has a doctors appointed booked for today so hope that helps.
    We live almost 200 miles away from them so finding it difficult as he doesn't want us to go down. He also has very supportive in laws.
    What can be done to helpl? How will this affect passing his NQT year? If he feels to is unable to return to the school, could he get another job to complete his induction year? He still wants to teach but not Economics. Both my husband and I were teachers and feel from what we have heard that there doesn't seem to be the support we have seen given in the schools in which we have taught.
    Thank you for any advice that you may be able to give me.

     
  3. Hi
    I'm sorry that things have not worked out for your son.
    The first thing he needs to do is visit his |GP and, if necessary be signed off work with stress. Then I would contact the union and seek help and support from them. Tryiong to complete the indiuction year in a subject for which you have not traiend is very hard - even if it is a related subject. For induction no allowance is given for the fact that it is not your specialist area in a secondary school.
    If your son wishes to leave his current post then the union should be asked to help negotiate a release and an agreed reference. If he has been at the school, full time since last September and assessed for induvction that that term will still count. Evenj if there is an assessment of 'unsatisafactory progress' it will still count and he will just have two more terms to complete - the cruicial term is the final term which overal;l deteremines a pass or fail - and even two iunsatisfactory terms can still be turned into a pass with appropriate support. If the term has been graded as satisfactory then even better, one term down two to go.
    Support is crucial in the early years and experiences such as this worry me - it worries me that new teachers feel they cannot say how stressed they are and iot worries me that schools perhaps do not see how stress is affecting new teachers.
    What he will need to do is get well, seek professional support from his doctor and from his union.
    James
     
  4. Thanks very much for your prompt reply. He has been to the doctor's this evening and has been signed off for two weeks. He did get a satisfactory in his first term assessment. His wife has also been in touch with his tutor from his PGCE course last year and he is meeting him on Wednesday. Hopefully things can be sorted out. Thanks very much again.
     
  5. Good I'm glad that he has seemn the GP. The good news and thios needs to be reinforced is that he has successfully completed a term of the induction year and that should all count (just make sure that all the paperwork is with the LA - this can be done through the LA fdirect anmd does not have to involve the school).
    It can sometimnes be helpful to make a list of the positives - e.g. experience of sixth form teaching, experience of teaching a second subject, successful observations from the school etc. It's all too easy to concentrate on the negatives. I'm sure his old tutor will also have some words of wisdom to impart.
    James
     

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