NQT Special: Meeting the Teachers’ Standards...

As term one comes to a close, Dr Bernard Trafford picks out some of the Teachers’ Standards that NQTs might focus on in the new year...

You’ve made it this far: congratulations! That’s no empty compliment. Whatever training route you followed for your post, this first term is the most demanding and tiring you’ll ever face.

Everything’s been new, experienced for the first time and with three weeks or so to go, you’re digging deep into reserves of energy and considering survival strategies. This is perfectly normal.

But getting through to the end of this tough first term in the profession needs to be about more than just counting down the days. Take a little time (I know there isn’t any: but this is important) to take stock.

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