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NQT in Combined Post...struggling with workload

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by chrisharveyonline, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Hi, hopefully someone out there can offer some words of advice.
    My girlfriend is in her NQT year having completed her PGCE last year. Although her specialism is in resistant materials, her post is combined and she's teaching all of the strands of Design Technology (food, textiles, etc etc). She teaches years 7-10, which means that she has approx 350 students that she teaches in total. She's really struggling with handling the workload of teaching all the strands. All the way through her PGCE she lived off the buzz of teaching despite the assignments etc, but the workload now has taken the enjoyment out of it. I'm a primary school teacher so i know the pressures, but also how important it is to be excited by teaching and learning, so it frustrates me that the extra admin and workload is taking that away from her. Is this type of post common? (everyone else apart from 1 other in her department teaches no more than 2 strands).

    Can anyone suggest any working practices or advice that might help? Thank you.
     
  2. Hi, hopefully someone out there can offer some words of advice.
    My girlfriend is in her NQT year having completed her PGCE last year. Although her specialism is in resistant materials, her post is combined and she's teaching all of the strands of Design Technology (food, textiles, etc etc). She teaches years 7-10, which means that she has approx 350 students that she teaches in total. She's really struggling with handling the workload of teaching all the strands. All the way through her PGCE she lived off the buzz of teaching despite the assignments etc, but the workload now has taken the enjoyment out of it. I'm a primary school teacher so i know the pressures, but also how important it is to be excited by teaching and learning, so it frustrates me that the extra admin and workload is taking that away from her. Is this type of post common? (everyone else apart from 1 other in her department teaches no more than 2 strands).

    Can anyone suggest any working practices or advice that might help? Thank you.
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    That was the case in my NQT post last year, I taught all technology & ICT. Is she using the TES resources? Its such a hard year but it can only get easier with time x
     
  4. Ask for help- or else everyone will assume she is fine, and she will make herself ill. There is nothing wrong in speaking to the HoD and and highlighting the fact that she has so many areas to cover. Surely other people have taught some of the strands before her and I would hope they are willing to support each other. As long as she is seeing as pulling her weight( which by the sounds of it she is) and developing some new resources why wouldn't others wish to support her ? All of the department results will count together- so I would imagine others will try to help.
    At our place teachers take a lead role for different subjects- and then Lesson plans can be adapted/ shared.

     
  5. The NQT year is really stressfull. A well organized department with well thoughtout schemes of work and resources help. This is not the time for her to reinvent the wheel or be expected to try to. In seconary school classroom management and developing her own style should be her focus. She is being much paid less and has only a small amount more planning time than experienced teachers and should consider this when judging herself. Ask for help and don't try to be super woman, the chances are her fellow teachers have been doing the same projects for years so find it all rather obvious. So do her best, remember she knows her stuff, is very good value, stop stressing and remember 'What did they know at the end of my lesson that they did not at the start'. N.B. If the department does have the basic rtesources and sows in place it needs to and they are not being fair on her.
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