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NQT confusion

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by LERlee, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Hello, i needed to come on here and write and talk to other NQTS.
    Im in an NQT post as the lone teacher of a subject. Passed my 1st term and ofsted abservation with "good".
    My issue is, i had to move away from my home town, friends and family in order to undertake my NQT year, Im missing home soooo much and i would give anything for a job to come up in my area. Im confused as to if i even want to continue teaching if it means i can go home.
    Thing is, i feel like im trapped in this job and as the lone teacher i feel under pressure to stay next year too... they have sent me on a lot of courses etc...
    Im considering applying for non teaching jobs just so i can move home.. but realistically who will wait a terms notice for a teacher to start a non teaching job?
    My NQT mentor is also very full on and is always ringing me and texting me outside of school and i just feel like i want to run away. Cant believe i have another 5 months of this NQT year to get through.
    Any advice or words of wisdom would be sooooo much appreciated.
    Ive even considered commuting 1hr 20mins to my school from my home town as im that unhappy. My mentor says that school would question my commitment to my job if i did this...??

    HELLLLP
     
  2. Hello, i needed to come on here and write and talk to other NQTS.
    Im in an NQT post as the lone teacher of a subject. Passed my 1st term and ofsted abservation with "good".
    My issue is, i had to move away from my home town, friends and family in order to undertake my NQT year, Im missing home soooo much and i would give anything for a job to come up in my area. Im confused as to if i even want to continue teaching if it means i can go home.
    Thing is, i feel like im trapped in this job and as the lone teacher i feel under pressure to stay next year too... they have sent me on a lot of courses etc...
    Im considering applying for non teaching jobs just so i can move home.. but realistically who will wait a terms notice for a teacher to start a non teaching job?
    My NQT mentor is also very full on and is always ringing me and texting me outside of school and i just feel like i want to run away. Cant believe i have another 5 months of this NQT year to get through.
    Any advice or words of wisdom would be sooooo much appreciated.
    Ive even considered commuting 1hr 20mins to my school from my home town as im that unhappy. My mentor says that school would question my commitment to my job if i did this...??

    HELLLLP
     
  3. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Hi Rachel,

    I am in a similar situation to you in that I moved away for this job to a city I know nobody and am the only teacher of my subject.
    In regards to your mentor ringing you outside of school, it might be worth trying to speak to them to explain that you feel trapped or pressured and you are happy to deal with issues in school but you need some time to relax as you know it will make you a better teacher.
    With you moving home and commuting I don't see what the school questioning your commitment will do. They can't sack you, it's not something that would be on a reference and where you live in no way is the schools business. You can live where you like, they can't dictate to you.
    I understand you feel that you 'owe them' after the courses but you are entitled to CPD no matter where you are and the school budget allows that so don't feel like they have any ownership on you.
    I am sure you remember from looking for this job that most jobs aren't advertised yet so don't worry about getting something closer, you have plenty of time.
     
  4. jubilee

    jubilee Lead commenter

    Why would the school evn need to be told where you're living? They don't have to be given your land-line number either.
    As being in your home town is so important to you, I would say that a 1hr 20 minute commute is worth considering. It will be tiring, especially on days when you have to stay late for meetings or parents' evenings but you could decide to stay in a B&B or travel lodge on those occasions (or with a colleague). You need to work out if the commute would be feasible long-term in wintry weather conditions.
    The ability to have your evenings and weekends at home would probably offset the disadvantage of the travelling.
    You have done well to get the OFSTED 'good' rating so early in your career and it would be a shame to give up on your career , especially in the current economic climate.
    If you eventually decide on leaving teaching, the notice periods need not always involve a lengthy wait before you can take up a new post outside the profession.
    If you were selected for another job in February, you could hand in your notice by 28th February and be gone at the end of the term.
    An offer in October would allow you to resign by 30th October, officially leaving on 31st December (and paid until then) but available to start the new job the week or so before Xmas.
    Get a new job in May and you can hand in your resignation by 31st May, leave officially on 31st August (paid until that date) but start a new job in the third week of July.Some people who are desperate to go use the May resignation deadline even when they don't have a job lined up as it then gives them 3 months at least to look for work (6 weeks of it on paid holiday).
    Having said that, you should take advantage of being in a school where you are successful in order to complete Induction. There are many NQTs on here who are banned from doing supply work because they have an incomplete Induction and can't get work that will allow completion of the NQT year.
    Are you tied into a tenancy agreement? Why not move back home at the earliest opportunity and assess what it's like commuting to your job? You could then decide whether living nearer school was the better option. A lot of teachers find that they do most of their socialising in holiday periods anyway, even with friends who live locally. You could also stay with family or friends in your home town for one work week in order to trial the daily commute.

     
  5. Thank you very much, hearing this from someone has made me feel a lot calmer. I think the pannic and impatience of wanting a job to come up closer to home is making me very stressed.
    I got my current job the end of Febuary so i know that most jobs are not advertised yet, still hoping sooooo much that one comes up though!
    Wish i could fast forward the last 5 months of this year. Then i wont be an NQT and feel i have to please everyone all of the time.
    In terms of living home, my parents have said that i can live with them and save money on rent, i would only have to pay for petrol. I have commuted this week everyday and it is dooable, leave at 10 past 6 get to school for 20 to 8. Im just worried that if i do this then when the snow hits, i will be unreliable, the M62 is often closed when the snow comes...
    Arghhhh.
    i really love teaching and i think i would be so much happier at another school, this one really isnt "the one" for me :(

     
  6. jubilee

    jubilee Lead commenter

    I did my teaching practice in East Lancashire and some teachers who lived much nearer the school than I did were unable to get through the snow on occasions because they lived locally but off the beaten track.
    If you're living with parents, you will presumably save time on daily chores and shopping, paying bills etc so the extra commute might be a fair trade-off.
     
  7. It really is worh geting through the NQT year. 5 months may seem like a long time, but in reality it is not - it will fly by if you are immersed in your work. Have you made new friends at school? Do they have a social calendar? many schools have very good social calendars with staff going out for meals or just evening drinks on fridays - a highlight of my teaching days was the friday evening departmental meeting where each week a different member of staff provided the agenda (sometimes a red agenda, other times a white agenda) even though I couldn't drink as I was driving - it was the social nature of the 'meeting' that was important.
    Some teachers do have loing commutes out of choice or out of necessity - again it is doable, but there can be issues. The school does need your details of where you live, but provided you get to work on time the fact that your commute is 20 minutes or 1 hour 20 minutes is irrelevant.
    Stick it out, look for other posts focus on getting througfh the NQT year and doing the best jobthat you can as this is the key to getting the next job, being an expoerienced teacher who is good in the class.
    James
     
  8. GodOfBiscuits

    GodOfBiscuits New commenter

    It sounds like the think that made you want to be a teacher hasn't changed, you just don't like being so far from all your friends and family (and who would?). In that case you need to stay in teaching, but not at your current school.
    You'd probably end up regretting it if you left teaching.

    Have you considered living with your parents just at weekends? You'd only have the mammoth commute friday night and monday morning then.

    In the mean time, keep looking for teaching jobs closer to home, more will come up
     
  9. do you have to live in your home town or nearby?

    why not move so your in between? so its only a roughly 40 minute commute. I am lucky that I am close to my family and friends - however they are about 40 or so minutes away... but I don't feel the stress of them being too far.


    hope you feel better!
     
  10. I think trying to move half way between home and school sounds like a good idea. I'm an NQT and my commute is about 50 minutes, often more depending on traffic. It doesn't sound like much but, week in, week out, it's tiring.
    Once I've finished my NQT year, I'll be looking for jobs closer to home!
    Good luck.
     
  11. I think id prefer to just live at home and save rent money. Im seriously considering my options. The other staff at school do not mix with each other and we dont have a central staffroom. I feel very isolated and i feel that ive maybe ****** my mentor off. She seems very distant now, i didnt respond to one of her texts. I hope this is not going to reflect in my next lesson observation. If i apply for another job/s who should i tell at my school?
    Rachel
     
  12. I also do not know who to trust when it comes to getting advice about looking for other jobs, Do i go to the headteacher and risk upsetting her and then if i dont get a new job,..? or do i talk to the head of the NQTs who seems approachable, but then again, it will get out that im looking... i dont know who to trust or talk to?
     
  13. jubilee

    jubilee Lead commenter

    You could apply for jobs without alerting anyone at your current school IF the application form gives you the opportunity to tick a box stating that references should not be taken up prior to interview. That way, you'd only need to inform the Head about your application if you were selected for interview.
    Otherwise, when you find a job that you intend to apply for, you should speak to the Head to explain that you are looking for a new job nearer your home area as you either need to be working and living elsewhere, or living in your home town and commuting in order to have a decent work/life balance.
    I'm concerned that your mentor is texting you so much and expecting replies. This is encroaching on your private time. It would not have happened in pre-mobile phone days and it's not compulsory for anyone to have a mobile phone. Your mentor should be able to deal with work issues with you at work! If it is becoming a real problem for you, I'd suggest getting advice from your Union or Teacherline on how to deal with it.

     
  14. Hey, just thought i would update.
    So, i came into school today and was asked my numerous people if i was commuting to work.. i now have no idea who i can trust to talk to at my school as my mentor has clearly told people. Even though i am not commuting... also the head of personel came up and told me that she needed my current address as she still had my parents down.. coincidence?? i told her that i live in temp address and therefore would like my main address to be my parents.. why are my school getting so worried that im commuting? i dont know who to trust... i need to inform someone at school that im applying for new jobs but i dernt. It will get out.


     

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