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Left NQT year........Want to get back into teaching!

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by ChristianTaylor1, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Hi all

    After Christmas this year I decided to leave my post as NQT. The school I was in was fantastic and the support was great during my time in the school, however there were a few reasons why I left. The first reason was not really feeling like I was teaching as I felt more like an administrator with a few hours of 'Training' (Teaching). I used the word training as that's how clinical it felt when delivering my lessons. The second reason I left was due to not being able to do anything other than work. my work-life balance was not happening at all. It was not due to capability as I was graded good-outstanding and received many positive comments from colleagues, governors and SMT.

    I have recently been employed as part of an audit team for an adult training company. The job is ok, but it is not as exciting as teaching used to be. I feel I would love to either get back into teaching, whether it is going abroad or is there any other way I can teach in England without having to suck eggs and do a PGCE. I graduated on a BA (hons) Primary Education (QTS) in 2011. I have heard that If you do not complete or fail the NQT you can teach in free schools, academies and FE, however the chances are slim to being employed as you can be considered a huge risk.

    Please be honest and if you have any knowledge of working abroad or how to get back into teaching in the UK that would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    The NQT year isn't something you get one shot at; it's just the first three terms of teaching after qualifying. You have done one term (presuming you started at the school in September) and so now how two terms left to complete. Just apply for another job in a different school and see how things go. You may find that a different school suits you more.
  3. Hi thank you for replying to my post. I was informed that if I left my position I would have to do a PGCE to get back into teaching as I haven't finished my induction. They said the rules had changed or something? Yes I started in September and finished after Christmas. I was definitely looking into going back into teaching whether it is in England or go to Qatar where my friend is teaching in an international school.
  4. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    You have QTS. You could not do a PGCE even if you wanted to because you already have QTS. One is not allowed to do Initial Teacher Training if, like yourself, one is already a qualified teacher!

    That's almost a true statement but you're missing enough of the detail that it's effectively a false one!

    If you have not completed Induction ("the NQT") and it's been five years since you qualified, then you can't do short term supply in a normal state school - you have to get a job/contract where you will actually be doing induction (which might mean a supply contract of at least one term.

    That doesn't apply to you. It's not been 5 years (yet) since you qualified.

    If you fail induction (and this doesn't apply to you either) then you can't work in any state school or academy as a qualified teacher. You have not failed, so there's no problem for you there.

    If you do decide to work in an academy, free school, independent or in Further Ed, then you don't have to complete induction at all. Your employed might insist you do. Or they might decide they don't want to fund it and won't register you for it. For some people this is an advantage as it means they can build up experience while not under the scrutiny of Induction (Induction was supposed to be a period of less pressure... funny how things work out, isn't it..?).

    So, essentially, if you want to work in the English system you are a qualified teacher (who has not completed induction) and you're free to apply to any post you like the look of. Obviously, since there's a gap in your record schools might be less likely to shortlist you than someone who has more experience but, apparently, there's a shortage of teachers now so don't let that hold you back.

    There really isn't any regulatory reason why you can't just apply for (and hopefully get) a suitable post.
  5. Thank you for taking the time to reply PaulDG. You are exactly right about the induction period supposedly being less pressure, when in fact its adding more pressure! I am just hoping the fact I was graded as good-outstanding will appeal to future employers rather than satisfactory. I will be applying for jobs and I will keep this post updated.

    Thank you for your reply it has cleared a few holes in my knowledge about my situation.

  6. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    A note of caution. It is not unusual for people to leave a first job before totally completing induction. Many reasons for this. Some people have to relocate, some are failing the NQT year (i feel this says a lot about the training systems in place) some feel they have unsupportive schools. Your reason sounds flaky. If I was employing I would wonder whether you would be able to stick to it? You must be careful how you approach this question.

    Whether you teach in state, academy or independent there will be issues of work life balance. There will also be a degree of administration (especially in the first two) it isn't going to magically go away. Yes, some schools are worse than others, but those early years are hard.

    You must decide whether you are willing to put up with it this time and try to ensure that you can convince others. However 'good or outstanding' you are, schools don't want flaky teachers.
  7. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter


    Good international schools will tend to want teachers who have a few years experience and have a completed induction year. Overseas forum is a good place to enquire about this.
  8. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    If you are genuinely considering overseas teaching then perhaps you need to look at the TEFL route. There are more teaching roles here working in private and adult institutions.

    The main thing you need to consider is why you did not connect with teaching in the first place particularly as the school was supportive and would you feel the same again?
  9. There is no reason why you cannot come back into teaching again, but ask yourself what will have changed since you left? Are you not likely to feel the same way again? You can certainly go abroad and teach EFL and your QTS is valid for FE as well, though your specialism in primary means you would have to consider what you can offer FE.

  10. Hi James

    Thank you for replying to my post. The things that have changed are my commitments, I have decided I don't really need to do most of them anymore as they were important to me when I was younger. I will have no commitments other than teaching for a few years. My specialism is in Physical Education I didn't mention that before. I will be looking into teaching whether it is through supply and hopefully gain a contract long enough to complete some of my NQT or hopefully a school to take me on.

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