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Independent Schools (Music) - NQT year

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by Coalvillecover, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. Coalvillecover

    Coalvillecover New commenter

    First time of submitting a post and asking for a friend, so hopefully I'm doing this right.

    A friend is currently finishing her PGCE year in secondary music and is looking for jobs where she will be able to complete her NQT year. She is contemplating applying for a post at an independent school?

    So my question is 'is doing a NQT in an independent setting a good idea?'

    Many thanks
  2. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    In many ways, yes. The environment is likely to be 'kinder' to a new teacher; there should be far fewer behaviour problems.

    Downsides are that the school is likely to have a lot of interest in extra-curricular activities - there's probably an expectation of a evening musical theatre event put on by several age groups each year, maybe an inter-house music competition, perhaps performances by the school choir or orchestra, etc. all of which music staff would be expected to support.

    Of course, if that's precisely the sort of thing your friend wants to do with music anyway and why she was attracted to teaching in the first place then those are not Downsides but are Highlights.

    As Independents are not required to offer induction, she will need to clarify if it is included in any offer they make. Chances are it will be but, assuming she actually wants to do Induction, she should confirm before accepting the job.

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