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Out with the old

Reforms to the curriculum or assessment can be hard to weather, even when the system is new to you, but as an NQT, you may be able to bring something positive to the situation, says Chris Curtis

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The veteran teachers are gathered in the staffroom discussing the latest impossible changes to the GCSE specifications. The debate is just starting to heat up, when the department’s lone NQT appears. It’s not that the NQT doesn’t want to join in the discussion, it’s simply that everything about the job is new to them anyway and so it is hard to muster the same level of outrage that the more experienced members of staff seem to feel.

Being the new kid on the block is hard at any time, but this is arguably a particularly difficult moment to be entering the teaching profession. Reforms to the ...

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