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NQT Special Edition: Are you ready for year 2?

Last year, Dave Stephenson was the SecEd NQT diarist. As he nears the end of his second year, he offers advice for NQTs on what September and year 2 might hold in store...

I recently took a group of year 7 students to visit the local university, where I did my teacher training. Touring the campus, we visited the building where my lectures and seminars took place. It felt surreal returning to the classrooms where, just two years ago, I was a student coming to the end of my ITT year.

In some ways, it feels like a long time ago, as so much has happened in my professional life since qualifying. At other times, it feels as though no time has passed at all due to the relentless, fast-paced nature of the job.

Our visit to the university has caused me to reflect on my first two years of teaching. Although the NQT year is intense, the second year at the chalkface can be even more so.

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