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NQT Special Edition: Getting time-management right

An NQT’s guide to keeping the plates spinning – Steve Burnage offers trainee and new teachers some tips on managing workload and wellbeing

Some would argue that it doesn’t matter how long you have been teaching, “workload” and “work/life balance” are not easy bedfellows.

However, if any teacher is to get the most from what we know is a rewarding, challenging, sometimes frustrating, often exhausting career, workload and wellbeing need to be effectively managed right from the start in order to maintain our effectiveness as teachers, the degree of support we can provide for our learners – and the quality of our lives outside of our schools.

There is no real secret to being able to manage teacher workload and, thus, achieving a good work/life balance. However, there is one key skill that should be mastered right from the start of a teacher’s career: the ability to plan.

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