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NQT Special Edition: Reflecting on your NQT year

Your NQT year is almost over. It is time to reflect on what went well and areas for improvement and – after taking a well-earned break – plan for September. Dr Bernard Trafford advises

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of your first year, completing your year’s induction. Not for you the two-year probation proposed by government for the future. It is all over – all bar the shouting, at any rate. Indeed, you may want to shout a bit at the end of term, in celebration of your achievement.

That first year of teaching is a tough one, no matter how much support you’ve received. Everything hits you for the first time and, however well-prepared you have been (and you will have been), there will have been moments when you’ve been living on your wits, making snap decisions and praying that your judgement doesn’t let you down.

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