Hi all, I'm guessing this is the right place to post this? I'm an NQT. I don't have to plan my lessons on the same scale as I did during my PGCE year, nor write assignments that bored me. In theory I have more time to myself, so my question is how do I achieve a work-life balance in my NQT year? Should I plan a non-school related activity for a few nights a week? I'm moving to a new town, where I know nobody but within driving distance of people I do know, so making new friends both colleagues and "civilians" (I'll term them) is a priority for me. I spent the majority of my PGCE year talking to a handful of people - mostly about school - and other people I met were usually students, some nearly a decade younger than myself! Some teaching friends have said that the NQT year is easier, others have said it's more difficult. Am I in for a shock?