As I sit typing this first diary entry on the plane back from some time away in America, it has started to dawn on me what exactly is about to happen, just a few days away, in September.
I am going to be a teacher! Not somebody who is watched every single lesson to make sure everything is okay. Not somebody who the students do not know – wondering who they are and what they are doing in their school!
No – I'm going to be a real teacher, with real responsibilities, targets and duties that will take place every day of the week.
At the moment, as I write, I find this thought quite scary. In fact, I find it more daunting than I thought I would – but, at the same time, it is incredibly exciting!
However, before we go into all of that allow me to introduce myself.
I am now qualified as a science teacher (secondary) on the School Direct programme. Training through this route has really suited me. My lead school has offered me a fantastic start to my teaching career with immeasurable friendly advice, support and feedback throughout my training year.
This year has really stretched and challenged me to become the best teacher I can possibly be, ready for my start as a "real" teacher in September.
Right now, I just want to get started and I couldn't be happier that I have been appointed as an NQT in my lead school.
But the year doesn't stop there! Right now I'm planning for September and I am already enjoying the challenge of planning A level work following the new flipped learning teaching style that our chemistry faculty plans to use this year.
Before the school closed for the summer, I was thrilled to hear that I will have my own tutor group next year. I thoroughly enjoy the pastoral side of teaching and this is an area I wish to develop throughout my career and certainly during this NQT year in the hope of defining my teaching pathway for the future.
I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to read multiple action research projects from staff at the school following a successful whole-school TeachMeet in July.
I see this as crucial to furthering my own development and having the opportunity to come back in September and refine all the skills I have learned this year.
I am also keen to start arranging my room in order to create a positive learning environment, collaborate with my faculty and continue to develop relationships with students and find out what individual learning needs my groups will have next year.
Although a little nervous, I can't wait for my NQT year to begin. I am delighted to be writing SecEd's NQT diary this year and I hope that I will be able to share with you my good news and successes this year and reflect on and discuss the many challenges that will no doubt face me in the months ahead.
As for this final week or so of the holidays – I suppose I am going to try and make sure that I enjoy this time off, while still getting some planning done along the way and making sure I am as ready for the start of term as I can possibly be.
I suppose being anxious about starting as a real teacher is a normal thing that all NQTs are currently feeling and I am hopeful that as soon as we have our first lesson in September these feelings will all go away.
- SecEd's NQT diarist this year is a teacher of science from a school in the Midlands.