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NQT Special: Learning the tricks of the teaching trade…

Teacher training is just like training your puppy. Before you get offended, Matt Bromley explains why he draws this comparison and offers some vital lessons and advice to help NQTs thrive when they begin their second year in September

I bought a Border Collie pup recently and, at eight weeks, have just begun training her. I don’t want to sound disparaging but the experience has reminded me a lot of my NQT year.

I’ve christened my dog Meg in the sheep farmer’s tradition of using a mono-syllabic name that lends itself to constant repetition. Besides, I wanted a name I could shout around the village without being embarrassed.

The very first Border Collie, Old Hemp, had a mother called Meg so the name has a rich heritage. But it’s already wearing thin. I use her name so many times a day – a crescendo rising from loving come-hither to firm command to angry chastisement – that the sound of it is beginning to lose all meaning for me.

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