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Not meeting the standards....still

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Gleeful, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. I am failing on the behaviour ones. It's term 2. I am going to have a last bash til April...then, should I just give up before I am pushed?

    I get satisfactory observations when teaching my well behaved classes, so I know I can teach. I think I just need a different school with a different ethos. However, that is probably just a pipe dream as my card has now been marked.

    I'm not sure what to do if I leave teaching. I'm not really in a position to do supply as I need a steady income. Plus, would I be taken on as a supply given this 'record' I have acquired.
    The other thing is, these classes, they are a problem around the school for other teachers. However, they are not NQT's.
     
  2. I am failing on the behaviour ones. It's term 2. I am going to have a last bash til April...then, should I just give up before I am pushed?

    I get satisfactory observations when teaching my well behaved classes, so I know I can teach. I think I just need a different school with a different ethos. However, that is probably just a pipe dream as my card has now been marked.

    I'm not sure what to do if I leave teaching. I'm not really in a position to do supply as I need a steady income. Plus, would I be taken on as a supply given this 'record' I have acquired.
    The other thing is, these classes, they are a problem around the school for other teachers. However, they are not NQT's.
     
  3. I work - and no longer teach - in a school that is almost bottom of the league tables and the behaviour is beyond terrible. The teachers who do well behaviour-wise are either those who have been there a long time or who are truly gifted in that department.
    That you are in a school that **** as an NQT suggests that either it isn't as bad as you reckon - by current national standards - or that they are doing well at covering it up. If it's the latter, you need to be covering your ass. If you have a bad class - and especially if you know that class to be bad for other teachers too - make sure you have a copy of every child's IEP/IBP if applicable, and make full use of discussing every issue with particular children with their form tutor/head of year. Then document it all.
    Ask for support and training (hey it's a day off) with specific things in mind to help you be a better teacher re behaviour at that school. They should not be refusing. What's your tutor/mentor doing to help here?
     
  4. To begin I would contact your union. Then you need to ask some questions about this particular class - the guidance states that as a NQT you should not be provided with particularly difficult class's that even experienced teachers find tricky or be given known difficult pupils. The evidence for meeting the standards should be based on a holistic view of your progress not blighted by one bad experience or even one bad class. How effectively is the discipline system in backing you with the difficult class? Has the issue been through the school procedure? What has the HOD or HOY done to support or tackle the problem? have you been provided wit.h LA support and have you been provided with extra training e.g. Outside courses or work with a behaviour management specialist? Have they set targets that have success criteria so that you and the school know that you are meeting them? Is it just a couple of standards and is the evidence that you can meet the standard in most classes but occasionally fail in this class? If so then that is not failing a standard necessarily. Has the LA been in for support? Yes you have to meet every standard, but we also have to be elastic and state that every teacher will drop a couple of standards in their lessons every week, even the best of them. If the school is looking for outstanding or good rather than satisfactory and saying that in order to pass you have to be good in every standard then that is wrong. Do contact your union and ask them to appraise your evidence. By April you will have completed two terms and will just have the final term to pass - if a NQT is struggling then the solution is a the way partnership between you the school and the LA only when such concerted efforts fail should a fail in the NQT year be considered. Make sure hat all avenues are explored before you think of leaving and do not do anything without specific advice from your union they will need to be there to support you and if leaving is the best option they should help you have a planned exit strategy that provides you with an agreed reference. James
     
  5. Good luck Gleeful. Sorry to hear you're still not passing..have they done your assessment already? it seems very early in the term...still 5 weeks to go (not that I'm counting?) however perhaps unlike my school some people actually know how they're getting on at some point before the last second of term
     
  6. take comfort in that. I certainly would.


    obviously you need to follow all advice frmo your union and what James said. But don't just give up if its what you want to do, which it sounds like it is...you can reinvent yourself in a new school.


    one thing that's really helped me this year is having weekly mentor meetings and setting mini targets with my mentor. obviously that is dependent on having a good mentor. but now I am not constantly trying to be perfect in everything, but working on one achievable thing at a time. i think it's called a "micro success experience...." and i am always telling my mentor "oh yes i think everything is going much better.." faking a bit of confidence can't hurt her confidence in me i reckon. no idea whether i'm actually giogn to pass this term or not but hey. working on everything at once is too daunting. I know you said in a previous post that you were being observed a lot...perhaps if you had one mini target at a time, and could get the observers to focus their observation on that, you might have some more positive experiences?


    the behaviour forum on here is really good, try asking Tom on there about any particular behaviour issues you have, i have found his advice very practical and useful.
     
  7. muffinmops

    muffinmops New commenter

    Don't give up. I'm an NQT too and have very difficult classes about a month ago, I just felt that teaching wasn't for me and I felt like I couldn't cope.
     
  8. muffinmops

    muffinmops New commenter

    i RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT HAS HELPED ME WITH BEHAVIOUR, it;s called 'getting the *** to behave 'by Sue Cowley. it has been a graet support to me.
    I now go to work with a different attitude which is take each minute as it comes don't dread lessons. don't show emotions to students keep a calm logical head and every thing seems to get better. I hope it lasts. It also depends how you are feeling, if you are tired or feeling low, the lessons are always bad. Don't put yourself down ever. I have seen colleagues who are not as great as they think but full of confidence and promoting themselves. Keep plodding on doing your best. The book is a great guide.
     

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