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Twelve things I learned from my first year as an ECT

The first year at the chalkface as an early career teacher is definitely a daunting time. Drawing on her own experiences during her first year as an ECT, Angelita Bradney offers 12 hacks to help make your lives a little bit easier this September...


There is so much more to teaching than I thought. I write these words while basking in the two-week Easter holiday – one of the perks I am still getting used to. But I am conscious that as you read this, I will be in the thick of another term at the south London school where I work.

You know the drill: 7:30am starts, coffee, planning, lessons, coffee, marking, more lessons, more coffee. And now and then, a spark of joy: a class responding to my worked example with exclamations of “that’s amazing”, a thank you card from a student, an appreciative email from a parent.

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