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NQT Timetable

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by mollymegan19, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. mollymegan19

    mollymegan19 New commenter

    I have seen my timetable for my NQT year, starting in September, and I'm a little worried about whether it is a realistic expectation for my experience. Due to my subject being a shortage I have ended up with a year 10 class, a year 11 class and a year 12 class (the rest is KS3). I didn't expect to have any year 11 or 12 in my NQT year - I don't know whether this was me being naive or whether this timetable is quite ambitious? With the new curriculum coming in as well I will be teaching two different exam boards, both of which I have not taught before (and the new one, I will need to create new schemes of work for).

    Can anyone let me know if this is a normal expectation for an NQT? And any advice on how to manage this - I am planning to do lots of lesson planning over summer!

    Thank you.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Many years since I've been newly qualified, but my guess is , as you're a shortage subject it would be unrealistic not to be teaching exam classes. After all that's probably why they employed you.

    You are generally 'expected to hit the ground running' whatever stage of teaching you're at.

    Does sound as if you're going to have to forgo a good part of the summer to preparation. However I would see if you can get into School quickly before the end of term and see what current Schemes of Work are already in place. They will at least give you a place to start from. Take a look at any textbooks in current use and see if they fit well with the exam board. Sometimes one chapter is superb for one unit but another fits better with another unit.
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  3. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I'm not sure about year 12, but you do need to get experience with years 10 and 11 as part of your NQT year. With my first post the school only gave me KS3 - the acting Head of Department was instructed to do this, possibly because it was an English post and my specialism was History. When I got to the third term I needed an extension, one reason being that I hadn't taught any KS4.
  4. SCAW12

    SCAW12 Occasional commenter

    Sadly NQT's have to teach whatever is needed by the school, it is not a gentle introduction to teaching by any means. Get the Schemes of Work from your HOD before the end of term. Make sure your Line Manager supports you with regular meetings during your NQT year to help you to write new SOW's. Accept the challenge with the enthusiasm any NQT should be starting a new career with! Good luck!
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  5. mollymegan19

    mollymegan19 New commenter

    Thank you for all of your replies - although I am a little daunted by the timetable, I am hoping it will be turn out to be a great challenge for me and I will be able to rise to it! I have just seen some scary stories on these forums about NQTs struggling which has made me a little apprehensive!

    My school seems very supportive though :)
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    To be honest I would be worried if an NQT didn't feel apprehensive at the challenge. You will have so much to learn during your first years in teaching. I believe that may be the root of so many problems- the belief that that ' piece of paper' means you are already the best, most perfect teacher you can be.

    Even us oldies are still learning after many, many years and so we should be. Education doesn't stand still. Neither do students. Any teacher who thinks they've 'got it all sewn up' probably isn't the best teacher they believe themselves to be. ;)
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Oh you WILL struggle - it will the hardest year of your life but that is what teaching is all about these days.
  8. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    As long as the school provide a 10% timetable reduction and mentor support and development then the actual classes you teach depend upon the school. Not unusual for NQTs to teach examination classes in fact if it was only KS3 you were teaching then that would be an issue.
    Post 16 is often the greatest challenge both in terms of the subject content and the teaching approach. Do ask your mentor to observe experienced teachers to see the approaches they use.
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  9. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    There is nothing wrong at all in this. I agree teaching two different exam specs is difficult at Y10 and 11 when you have no real knowledge of either. It is the way of the job though.

    You should expect some support from your department though. They should be all trying to do what they can to support you.
  10. mollymegan19

    mollymegan19 New commenter

    Thanks everyone - I feel reassured that my situation is normal and will do everything I can to make sure I get prepared over summer! :)
  11. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    Well I gave my NQT A-level because they actually requested it and I didn't wanna pick up another A-level next year. She shadowed A-level last year in her previous place.

    I think this should be exciting for you. I taught A-levels from the very get go and have been ever since and much prefer it to teaching KS3 and KS4 to be honest.

    I thought teaching A-level would be hard at first but it wasn't. It was just more intense than anything. For my subject it's rather more about writing technique and subject knowledge. For the lower years I spent most my time trying to get my classes engaged with my subject and I swear as a teacher, that's one of the most difficult things!
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  12. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    is the Y12 A level or GCSE, say Maths "retakes"?
    When I started (Maths) there was no such thing as NQT. You're qualified, get on with it. Full timetable, 2 Y10, 1 Y11 classes, 1 from each half of the timetable. Must have been 4 KS3 classes I think.
    No Y12 until the following year as the 6th form was only opened then. That was GCSE Maths resits rather than A level.
    NQT is now very hard, so good luck with it. To be honest, you are better having some KS4 classes than a load of lower set Y8 and Y9 which can be the hardest to teach while you are getting established

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