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NQT - Advice needed!!

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Vick_y, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. I am an NQT who has been working in a rough school since January. I was brought in on Supply to take over a maternity cover and teach lessons if and when people in my subject area were off. However I have now been told I will not be getting a contract as the school is trying to save money and they only want me there until June. I was working alongside the lady who is pregnant and building relationship with the students, so when she left it would be a smooth takeover.It's not the teaching that bothers me I have built up great relationships with the students and I'm looking forward to teaching them fully after Easter. My main problem is that for months I have been going into 'Isolation' with the teacher who is pregnant and when she's been off I have covered the room on my own. However there was an incident just recently in this room, where a teacher got assaulted. It was horrible to see. After Easter I will be in this room on my own and that one hour in there with students who cannot behave anywhere else in the school feels like a lifetime. I actually dread going in there. I am quite a short teacher and half of these students tower over me. If i'm completely honest I do not see the point in this room at all what so ever. Students who have been put in there because they will not listen to a word the teachers say..all being put in one room with one teacher. Does not make sense. It's like being thrown to the Lions. Anyway I expressed my concerns about being put in this room to my head of department and I was told I should not have been in there anyway and was told it would be sorted. I am a new teacher and I feel the school is forgetting this. However yesterday a new rota came out for that same room and my name was on it three times. I went and spoke to my head of department, only to be told they have no other staff to cover this room so I have to do it. On top of my teaching I have to do this three times a week! Once is bad enough but three times. I feel like I am being used and don't really appreciate that I have to do it. Feel it is very unfair and it's got me worried to the point where I am considering not going back after Easter, seen as I don't have a contract. What does everyone else think? Am I over reacting? I do feel physically sick every time I have to go into that room. Opinions and advice very much needed here please.
     
  2. I am an NQT who has been working in a rough school since January. I was brought in on Supply to take over a maternity cover and teach lessons if and when people in my subject area were off. However I have now been told I will not be getting a contract as the school is trying to save money and they only want me there until June. I was working alongside the lady who is pregnant and building relationship with the students, so when she left it would be a smooth takeover.It's not the teaching that bothers me I have built up great relationships with the students and I'm looking forward to teaching them fully after Easter. My main problem is that for months I have been going into 'Isolation' with the teacher who is pregnant and when she's been off I have covered the room on my own. However there was an incident just recently in this room, where a teacher got assaulted. It was horrible to see. After Easter I will be in this room on my own and that one hour in there with students who cannot behave anywhere else in the school feels like a lifetime. I actually dread going in there. I am quite a short teacher and half of these students tower over me. If i'm completely honest I do not see the point in this room at all what so ever. Students who have been put in there because they will not listen to a word the teachers say..all being put in one room with one teacher. Does not make sense. It's like being thrown to the Lions. Anyway I expressed my concerns about being put in this room to my head of department and I was told I should not have been in there anyway and was told it would be sorted. I am a new teacher and I feel the school is forgetting this. However yesterday a new rota came out for that same room and my name was on it three times. I went and spoke to my head of department, only to be told they have no other staff to cover this room so I have to do it. On top of my teaching I have to do this three times a week! Once is bad enough but three times. I feel like I am being used and don't really appreciate that I have to do it. Feel it is very unfair and it's got me worried to the point where I am considering not going back after Easter, seen as I don't have a contract. What does everyone else think? Am I over reacting? I do feel physically sick every time I have to go into that room. Opinions and advice very much needed here please.
     
  3. Follow the advice from The Sage. I'd also suggest having a chat with the Regional Rep from your Union.
    Very best of luck.
     

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