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HOD as an NQT - how can I develop?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by rdigsworth, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. rdigsworth

    rdigsworth New commenter

    I achieved a position within prep school for my NQT year, as Head of humanities. I
    teach all 3 subjects, created the scheme of work (there was none in
    place), create policies, long term plans, buy in resources, everything
    to decorate the classroom from a refurbished scratch. I'm a one man department.
    Despite
    horrendously long hours doing not only NQT planning but all the SOW
    creation etc., I absolutely love the freedom of the job and the ability
    to plan and teach how I like. It has been the most testing period of my
    life and the learning curve is unbelievably steep - as I have no Head of
    dept. ahead of me, or even anyone else who teaches the same subject, to
    bounce ideas off.
    What I am really worried about is that pretty
    much all of my personal development as a teacher is coming from learning
    from my own mistakes, as I practically take stabs at the best way to
    teach various things across RE, history and Geography. I have attended
    one CPD day which was amazingly helpful, and do all I can to read books
    on the subjects to give my inspiration, and of couse the TES website. I
    just wondered if anyone knew of other valuable sources to aid
    professional development that someone so isolated as me could use?
    Whilst
    I adore the freedom, responsibility, and to be honest, respect of kids
    that this position bringsas an NQT, I do envy other NQTs who are being
    helped and guided through their first year. I am desperate for some kind
    of inspiration beyond expensive and irregular CPD days..Any guidance on
    where to find such would be much appreciated!
     
  2. Do you have an NQT mentor that can help guide you towards contacts/resources?
     
  3. rdigsworth

    rdigsworth New commenter

    Yes, but she is very little use. Her teaching ideas are from the 70s, and myself and two other former NQT's in the school have realised we know more than she does.
     
  4. I'm in a similar position. I teach RE and while I am not aHOd I'm the only RE teacher and therefore kind of a HOD without the money or power but all the work :)
    I am lucky in that I do get fantastic support from my school generally.
    But I do crave having some to bounce subject ideas off.
    Have you attended any local subject networks? Or kept in touch with people you trained with?
     
  5. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    The NQTperson at the LA should be able to put you in touch with local AST's in your subject to help with your CPD x
     
  6. Eva_Smith

    Eva_Smith Established commenter

    I find this comment quite obtuse, to be truthful. Beware of thinking that only 'new' ideas are valid, or even that there is such a thing as a 'new idea' in teaching. That said, I don't know the teacher in question.
    Mentoring an NQT who is Head of Faculty must be very difficult indeed.
     
  7. Are there professional bodies for your subject - they will be able to provide contacts with experienced teachers and offer possible CPD events. There may also be an e-mail list that you could join to communicate with other teachers in other state and private schools.
    Also what makes a teaching approach bad is not when it was conceived, but how useful it is to advancing the learning of the children.
    James
     

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