I just can't help feeling that people are thinking that NQT's are complaining about having to work hard and i really don't think that's the case. Most people i know need some sort of encouragement and praise to do well at something - even if it's just a couple of half decent comments after an observation and it comes across that some mentors aren't doing this. We're all teachers - we should be doing this to our students on a daily basis! Even worse, i don't think some mentors are even letting NQT's know how they can improve and just literally telling them that they are going to fail or that their teaching is sub standard. I don't know - this is just how it comes across in the posts i've read. Perhaps i started this post wrong - what i should have put was 'here is a thread for hints and tips from those experienced teachers who have been there and done that'...!