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NQT Special Edition: Handling lesson observations

Lesson drop-ins and observations are commonplace for new teachers. School leader Allen Hall advises on how you can handle these to ensure they support your professional development

A teacher’s job is unique in that it brings great stress yet reward and humour (although the humour found in the classroom is more likely to be appreciated on reflection as opposed to during the moment). As any teacher will confess, this is magnified enormously during your NQT year.

The first few weeks as a new teacher can be overwhelming but exciting. However, once the shine of the new school year has slightly dulled and the dark days of autumn take root term one can be tough.

There is a quick realisation that work/life balance does not exist as everything blurs into a mirage of meetings, trainings, assessments and lesson observations. Nothing appears to go to plan and the unexpected also seems to show its face at the worst possible time.

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