NQT buzz from the TES forums

26th February 2010 at 00:00
Our NQTs are focused on the serious issues of pay and working conditions this week

- Sooza has been offered a job in a challenging school, but wants to be paid on at least an M2 (#163;22,771 outside London). The discussion revolves around how to get pay upped. Petroled shares his experience: "I called for a meet with my school's HR manager and took with me notes from various sources (union, TDA, etc) about mature NQT pay and a list of why I should start higher than M1 (#163;21,102). I was asking for M3 or 4 but got M2. Not exactly what I thought I deserved but better than nothing."

However, Eva_smith warns that "M1 is the going rate. To be frank, unless you have significant, relevant experience, or can offer outstanding teaching in addition to being able to take on additional projects, I think it's a bit of a cheek to expect more than M1." www.tes.co.ukpayrise

- One of the hottest debates on the forum this week is about the pros and cons of working in challenging schools. J_pink asks "Is there more to life than 'outstanding'?" and is looking for advice on how to get into a challenging school. Welshwizard says: "Special measures schools have to have specific permission to employ an NQT. They are challenging but rewarding and often do have effective support systems and additional resourcing."

A.smithies agrees with j_pink: "I'm so glad I'm not the only one out there who prefers a more 'challenging' school! I'm about to finish my NQT first term at a difficult 'satisfactory' school, and although not without its drawbacks ... I feel like I'm really achieving and without being uber-cheesy am 'making a difference'."

Meanwhile, mermaid points j_pink to SEBD (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) schools. "I am in SEBD and would never go back. A friend of mine did her NQT year in our school and I don't think found it any harder than anyone finds their NQT year as there is a better staff to pupil ratio and the place is set up to help the kids with their issues rather than fight against them." www.tes.co.ukchallenging.

- Get advice from experienced teachers and support from your peers at www.tes.co.uknqtforum.

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