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Tales from the frontline

Last year’s NQTs share their advice and give you a heads-up on what to expect from the coming year

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‘Every day is completely different from the last’

Near the end of my PGCE year, I was repeatedly told “your NQT year is so much harder than your training year”. You have probably heard this plenty of times, so I am not going to say it again. But while, yes, my NQT year has been challenging, it has also been the most wonderful and rewarding adventure.

I still remember my first morning at school, feeling nervous at the thought of 30 children coming back after the summer holidays to find that their teacher was me: someone who had no clue about what they were doing. But as you already know, time ...

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