Your wellbeing as an NQT is vital and you should be learning now the habits that will sustain you through a long and successful teaching career. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Sophie Howells offers some advice and encouragement

At this crucial stage in your first year, making your wellbeing a priority is essential. Every NQT should take steps to ensure this is the case. In doing so, you will be forming good career-lasting habits.

You will be well used to planning lessons now but planning your own personal work/life balance is essential too. Our most recent Teacher Wellbeing Index found that 74 per cent of education professionals consider the inability to switch off and relax to be a major contributing factor to a negative work/life balance. We also know from our research that trainee and early career teachers can be more likely to struggle with this, and are 25 per cent more likely to experience a mental health problem compared to colleagues (Education Support Partnership, 2018).

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