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Part time NQT - any advice?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by welshwizard, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    There are financial considerations for schools with part time NQT posts as the release and support time also has to be pro rata. NQTs do undertake induction part time but this extends the induction period considerably I know one NQT whose induction will last 4 years. In my experience the majority of part time posts are negotiated once someone is working in a school and their value has been recognised.
  2. Thank you, it's really heartening to hear that you have had a positive experience of holding out for part time work and that it's worked out for you. I'm torn between thinking 'just go for the full time NQT year and then I'll have more choices once fully qualified' and thinking that a full time NQT year after this year will just be too much. Especially as I know I don't do things by halves and won't be able to just clock in and out and will probably end up feeling guilty that I'm not giving my best to either my own children or the ones I'm teaching. I also don't want to go for a part time job just because it's part time - ie end up at a school that's not right for me just because they have the right hours. It might be better to get into a school that I'll be happy in and then negotiate from within? I guess I will just have to see what's out there and take it from there. Thanks for the advice.
  3. Thank you for the advice, the majority of advice I'm receiving is in agreement with you, especially from the employer side of things. Having employed teams myself in the past (though not in teaching) I understand that it's about what suits the employer in the first instance and I think I will probably have to be quite lucky to find a school that has a missing jigsaw piece fitting exactly my ideal requirements! I will keep an eye out for the part time posts but will be looking at the full time jobs too. Thanks for the advice.
  4. I'm a part-time NQT in science. My original contract was 0.5FTE although I have taken on a bit more since September - about 0.7FTE. I stayed at home with my children for 10 years (and completed OU degree and PGCE) before taking the position. A huge change for me but also for my family. Part-time has been perfect. I spend far more than my paid hours in school, but generally my evenings and weekends are free to spend with my family without sacrificing the standard of my teaching. I look at the other full-time NQTs - who seem to work every night and half the weekend - and there is no way on earth I could do it! My children who hate me and my husband would divorce me - either that or I'd have a nervous breakdown!
    I was lucky to get this part-time job in one of my PGCE placement schools, so that's also made settling in to teaching very much easier.

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