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Should I do the term at this school?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by PhilD01, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. PhilD01

    PhilD01 New commenter


    This is my first post on here. I wanted to ask people's opinion on the current dilemma I'm stuck in.

    I have been offered a term at a school through my supply agency. By completing a term at this school I will have completed one NQT term. I haven't been lucky enough to secure a term previously in my subject, so come March time I will be able to get stuck in.

    Now here where the catch is, the school is Inadequate. I have done supply work here and the school is poorly managed. The students are horrendous from Year7s to Year 10s. Year 11s are okay. The classrooms are left in a poor state after they have used it. Litter all over the floor. Students who are sent out of the classroom, wonder the corridors, pushing their heads through the door in a classroom full of students to say something stupid and then rough off (you get the image).

    Most supply teachers come and leave straight away. I have been able to stuck it in for a week now. The staff are generally nice.

    The question is, should I take it? I mean it will mean that I will have completed my NQT term. There's also a high chance they might take me on too.

    What would you do if you were in my place?
  2. surfblue33

    surfblue33 New commenter

    I’ve been in a similar position, done 6 months part time supply in an inadequate school and walked away without a single term signed off.
    The reason...Ofsted said the school was not fit for doing induction. I was told otherwise and kept on tenterhooks right until the end. The school lied to me too as they needed me to teach that specialism. They could not attract any other teachers. Don’t trust what your agency is telling you and check the situation very very carefully.
    Make sure you know who your mentor is going to be, ask what support will be available etc etc. Ask for the NQT induction registration form to be filled out and send off straight away as that guarantees that your induction year officially starts with the local authority. If they stall or hesitate in the slightest...run!
    Good luck

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