NQT buzz from the TES forums

30th October 2009 at 00:00
The resignation date for teachers looking to start a new job in January is October 31 and this impending deadline is causing some concern in the NQT forum

- The single biggest cause of dissatisfaction for our NQTs is badly behaved pupils. Take Newbie55, who's having to deal with continual disruption in class. He's not sure if he should quit or stick with it in the hope that it will get better (www.tes.co.ukdisruption). Other NQTs rally round and advise him to stay put: "I think we all feel like this from time to time - this year is sent to test us."

- Another NQT is working in a challenging inner-city school and wants advice on whether or not to hand in his notice: "I think that it might be a good idea to hand my notice in at half-term as I'm not sure that I will be able to make a success of my NQT year at this school." But the big question is how this will impact on his remaining time at the school and whether it will jeopardise his chances of getting another job. There's comforting advice online (www.tes.co.ukinnercity).

- Last Years Man speaks for many when he says: "I'm experiencing the typical NQT first-term experience, sometimes too tired to think straight, sometimes enjoying things. The only thing I'm struggling with is the appalling rudeness and attitude of students" (www.tes.co.uktypical).

- One lucky NQT has two interviews on the same day and is looking for a few tips on how to handle their busy timetable (www.tes.co.uktwointerviews). An NQT who found herself in a similar position says: "Focus completely on one school at a time . Go to the interviews as if you didn't have the other one and go for it 100%."

- There are also words of reassurance for one PGCE'er who wants to find out if most NQTs get a job straight after finishing training (www.tes.co.ukfirstjob). There are lots of positive stories from our NQTs, most of whom got jobs pretty quickly.

- Teacher trainer James Williams is online to answer your induction questions at www.tes.co.uknqtforum.

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