NQT Special: Lessons from year 2

Last year’s SecEd NQT diarist is now in his second year at the chalkface. We asked him to offer his advice to this year’s NQT cohort as the end of term one approaches

During the past fortnight, I have been preparing my students for their end-of-term assessments, while also undergoing a marking scrutiny and learning walk by senior leaders focused on the use of assessment for learning techniques within the classroom.

Just as death and taxes are the only certainty in life, it sometimes feels like assessments and marking are the only certainties in teaching.

The difference between this year and the last is that this now all feels second nature to me. My assessment dates have been in the diary for weeks, my marking schedule is clearly mapped out and I no longer worry about being observed. Indeed, I get a small thrill when another member of staff enters my classroom, as I am proud of the atmosphere in my lessons and the work being produced.

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