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Why schools’ top brass should trumpet NQT support

Leaders need to adopt an evidence-based approach to ensure new teachers make the best possible start to their careers in the classroom, argues Michael Green

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Almost every school will have at least one NQT starting this September, so as a leader how much thought have you given to your role in not just making this year the best it can be for them, but also in ensuring that these teachers stay in the profession?

Because leaders do have a crucial role to play. More than a quarter of teachers now leave teaching within three years of qualifying, according to statistics from the Department for Education. Excessive workload is constantly cited as one of the key factors in this decision, and that is something school leaders should be able to control.

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