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Welcome to our blog, where we’ll be discussing what newly qualified teachers can expect when leaving university in the UK.

As a newly qualified teacher (NQT), you have just completed your teacher training and are eager to embark on your career in education. However, it’s natural to have questions about what to expect as you transition from university to the classroom. In this post, we’ll share some insights into what you can expect as you begin your journey as an NQT.

  1. Finding your first teaching job

The first step after completing your teacher training is to find a teaching job. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities available in the UK, with many schools, academies and colleges looking for newly qualified teachers. You can search for vacancies on job websites, or contact local schools directly to enquire about any available positions.

  1. Induction period

Once you have secured a teaching job, you’ll likely go through an induction period. This is a statutory period of professional development and support that lasts for a minimum of one year. During this time, you will receive regular training and support to help you develop your teaching skills, and you’ll be observed and assessed to ensure that you meet the required standards. Your induction period will be structured and supported, and you’ll have a mentor to guide you through the process.

  1. Classroom management and behaviour

As an NQT, classroom management and behaviour will be a key focus of your teaching. You’ll need to be able to establish routines and rules that create a safe and positive learning environment, and manage any disruptive behaviour that may arise. You’ll also need to be able to differentiate your teaching to meet the needs of all students in your class.

  1. Planning and preparation

As a teacher, you’ll be responsible for planning and preparing lessons that engage and challenge your students. You’ll need to be creative and resourceful, and always be willing to adapt your plans to meet the needs of individual students. You’ll also need to be able to assess student progress and provide feedback on how they can improve.

  1. Developing relationships with students and colleagues

Building positive relationships with students and colleagues is a crucial part of being a successful teacher. You’ll need to be approachable, supportive and empathetic, and be able to communicate effectively with a range of people. You’ll also need to be able to work collaboratively with your colleagues to ensure that students receive the best possible education.

In summary, being an NQT can be a challenging but rewarding experience. You can expect to go through an induction period, focus on classroom management and behaviour, plan and prepare engaging lessons, develop relationships with students and colleagues and receive regular training and support. With dedication and hard work, you can make a positive impact on the lives of your students and help them to reach their full potential.

If you would like any information, tips or advice, or are looking to secure a teaching role; feel free to contact me on 01732 494 808 or drop me an email:

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