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NQT Special: Six steps to effective professional development

Teaching is most fun when you are constantly developing and improving. Now that you are nearing the end of your NQT year you will be thinking about next steps. Here are six ideas to keep you developing effectively over the coming year.

You should start thinking about building up your CV to lay the groundwork for future career moves. You may like to explore whether you can take on projects next year that will have an impact on a whole subject or year group, or taking on the organisation of a trip or event.

Taking on these responsibilities helps you practise your leadership skills and start establishing a reputation as someone reliable. You will also start seeing a different perspective as you take on such a role. It is important to be able to “zoom out" and see needs and complexities of whole teams or even the whole school. You may also consider looking at whether you can either shadow or support an existing middle leader with some of their work.

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