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NQT standards

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by musiccrescendo, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. musiccrescendo

    musiccrescendo New commenter

    I am an NQT of 23, I teach in a rural school, I travel to gigs and concerts in 3 big cities near me which are 40 - 60 miles away, and bump into a few pupils who like the same music etc. I am always with my friends and I never drink as I drive, can this affect my professionalism standard, as my NQT mentor has heard off a few pupils they have seen me at the gigs and she is worried that I am 'socialisng woth pupils outside of school' which I AM NOT doing as im with my friends and the pupils come and say hi, I say hi and walk off. Please could someone offer me advice in this area as I want to have a life outside of school but i feel i cannot do this.
  2. Nothing to worry about
  3. Your mentor is being daft. What would she say if they'd met you in your local supermarket? You did not go out with them, or socialise with them. You happened to be at the same event. That's all.
  4. musiccrescendo

    musiccrescendo New commenter

    thanks for replaying so quickly i have been worrying about it all over the xmas holidays and chistams day i was just a bit down, I have got a few of my friends to write me letters to to explain that i am always with them and i dont drink and if i do see pupils im always polite say hi and walk away, just so when i go back i can show them this and hopefully that will be the end of it.
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I agree with pinkflipflop, don't even think about doing anything except burning the letters. They make you look guilty as hell and slightly immature into the bargain. If you were doing something wrong, then your friends saying you weren't is hardly going to help at all.

    This is just a hazard, or advantage depending on your point of view, of being a rural secondary school teacher.

    Do you have another member of staff you can talk to at school, a HOY/HOD/similar. Let them know you are worrying about this issue, though confidently tell them you know you are doing nothing remotely wrong. Ask for their advice on how to tackle your mentor.

    Stop worrying, enjoy the rest of the holidays. Go out and party...you'll soon be too old and want to stay in and just watch TV. You will be fine!
  6. Only slightly immature?!

  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I was being 'kind'!

    I would die laughing if the NQT I mentor brought any such thing into school to show me. But I would file it away to show her in 5 years time when she would also have a good laugh!

    And I'm sure I did daft things when I was an NQT...
  8. If the OP was actually real then I would probably die laughing too.
  9. Doesn't sound like you are doing anything wrong to me - I'm 24, teaching in a secondary and am always bumping into kids everywhere. Even when I went shopping, deliberately drove fifteen miles out of my way to go to a New Look on a retail park far away from the catchment area, I heard the cry of "Miiiiiiiiss" across the store. There is no escape!
    As someone's said, the one gray area is if they're underage, but as you've said they're not, doesn't seem to be a problem to me. Maybe ask your mentor about what she thinks you should do in this situation? Because to be quite honest, I don't really know what she would expect you to do - ignore them completely?? That just seems rude to me, I always say a polite hello to kids if I see them out of school, and know perfectly well that other staff always do the same! That's completely different from socialising with them. If I run into a colleague I don't know particularly well in town, I say hello to them and smile, don't see that it's any different really.
    Seems very bizarre to me - you are fully entitled to have a life outside of school. I've run into kids in the cinema, restaurants, shopping centres and (unfortunately) Year 13 in nightclubs. I know a few colleagues who've managed to run into pupils on holiday too! It's one of those annoying things that happens as a teacher, but it certainly doesn't mean you stop having a life outside of school...

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