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NQT Special: The habits of a great teacher

Pedagogy NQTs
What are the traits of excellent teaching that NQTs should be focusing on developing as they embrace the freedoms of year two at the chalkface? Matt Bromley explains

Your NQT year is a bit like learning to drive: throughout your training you have a constant critic at your side offering advice (or possibly a staffroom full of them), and you are encouraged to endlessly reflect, adjust and – by so doing – secure incremental improvements. You might literally be in the driving seat, but sometimes it can feel like you are just along for the ride, following someone else's roadmap.

But now that you are at the end of it, now that you have passed your test so to speak, you are finally free to do it your way. You are a qualified, fully-fledged teacher with all the professional autonomy that goes with it. But be cautious...

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