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NQT Year

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by sam_b_1988, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,
    I'm a BEd student and have just had a successful interview and been offered an NQT post! I'm thrilled and to top it all off, I start in June!
    I was wondering if anyone else starts/started their NQT year in June and what it entailed? Did you have classes handed over to you straight away or was it more like an induction period to the school where you team-taught some classes?
    I am going into the school next week to discuss everything but I was curious about the experiences which other people have had?
    Thanks in advance :)
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    You won't be able to start your Induction in June as technically you will not be qualified yet. QTS is usually officially conferred in August for those completing and passing ITT courses around June.
    The school will employ you on the unqualified Teacher's payscale from June until 31st August and then on the qualified M scale from 1st September, when Induction will begin.
    The school will choose where on the unqualified payscale to place you. The top few levels of the Unqualified scale are higher than M1. If you are to be paid on M1 from September, the most you can expect from June will be the point on the Unqualified scale that is just below M1 on the qualified scale.
    Well done on getting the job so early in the year!

  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    It will be useful getting your bearings around the school, getting to know who staff are, becoming familiar with the discipline code and being a familiar face to pupils before September.
    Some pupils will actually regard you as an established teacher when you return in September.
    Don't tell pupils that you are currently 'unqualified' or that your are filling in after just finishing teacher training. Definitely don't agree that you're a supply teacher; quite a few are likely to ask that. The latter, in pupil eyes, has the connotation of 'can't get a permanent job because not a proper teacher'!
    I get around the 'supply teacher' slur sometimes by telling them that I'm a Local Authority appointed specialist teacher. When they ask what that is, I say that that I'm registered with the local Education Department as a multi-subject specialist teacher who goes into schools having staffing issues!


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