NQT buzz from the TES forums

29th January 2010 at 00:00

To stick or twist? Some NQTs in their first year of employment are already thinking about their next move or facing other job-related problems; some are considering going elsewhere in order to complete their induction. But is change a good idea at this stage or is it better to stay at your current school and finish the first year there? Fellow teachers and NQT forum host James Williams are on hand to help.

An opportunity for emigration has this NQT considering leaving their post and going to Australia (www.tes.co.ukNQTaustralia). Mia_1 is worried about what the official notice period is, as well as if handing in her resignation will harm her chances of getting the teaching qualification she desires. PinkRuby advises: "You don't have to formally resign until the end of May - give notice for August 31 though to ensure you'll be paid up until, and including, the August wage."

If completing your NQT year wasn't enough of a challenge, how about taking on a head of department role at the same time? That's what has been asked of nikkib_1986 (www.tes.co.ukHeadofDep), who has gone from taking on a temporary September to Easter role to now becoming the stand-in HoD for her subject. She wonders if asking for a reflective salary increase will be deemed as 'rocking the boat'. James Williams advises: "The days of 'do it for the CV' should be far behind us ..."

Nikkif1987 is seemingly caught in a loophole over her induction year (www.tes.co.uktakenforaride). She has been covering sickness full-time since September, but it now seems probable that none of this will count towards her teaching qualification. Littlemissraw suggests speaking to her union representative while megerton thinks it "sounds as though you are being taken for a wee bit of a ride".

For guidance, support and advice on all aspects of your induction year, visit the NQT forum at www.tes.co.uknqtforum, and get behaviour advice at www.tes.co.ukbehaviour from our experienced teacher Tom Bennett.

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