"They start on a high in September, but then reality strikes and they live from day-to-day, needing quick fixes and tips for survival."
Sara Bubb, of the Institute of Education, on an NQT's first term
"It just meant I had to learn my times tables."
Julia Melvin, design and technology teacher at Pimlico school in London, on passing the numeracy test to qualify to teach
"My life has been lost forever and I will become Bridget Jones minus the fire pole incident"
Anonymous NQT, writing on The TES
Online staffroom forum, on moving to a new town to start a new job
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