When the guiding light goes out

Lacey Flook outlines the four main obstacles you might come up against with your teaching mentor – and how to overcome them

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Being paired with your NQT mentor is a lucky dip. If you are fortunate enough to wind up with one who is patient, positive and always makes time for you, you can breathe a sigh of relief because your NQT year just got a lot easier. Not everyone is so blessed, though. So, what do you do when it all goes wrong? Here are the four most common problems you might face and how to tackle them.

1. ‘My mentor doesn’t have time for me’

Many complaints about mentors stem from their lack of time and availability to support their NQT. Everyone is busy but it is important that you meet with your mentor ...

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