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NQT Special Edition: Advice from year 2

Last year’s NQT diarist for SecEd is now in his second year of teaching. He advises on what this year’s NQTs can expect when September – and their second year of teaching – arrives

I found the NQT year to be a little bit strange. You are a qualified teacher. But you’re kind of not.

Essentially you are no longer a trainee, but the school still keeps a pretty close eye on you. And you still have to jump through certain hoops in your first year that other “actual” teachers don’t have to do.

But, as this year’s NQTs know by now, soon that is all over. Soon you are just one of the team. A fully fledged normal everyday teacher. Welcome to the gang! With this comes great responsibility. And as year 2 begins you will see full teacher timetables and many more modules of work to plan.

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