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Learning from the NQT year
NQT Year Testimonial
NQT Year Testimonial

Natalie JohnsonNatalie Johnson writes about her experience undertaking the module 'Learning from the NQT Year'.

When first presented with the module information I began to wonder how I would fit in the essay work with reports, parent’s evenings, school sports fixtures as well as my own social life. This however was easy as I began the work and managed my time appropriately. Once I began the work I became very interested in what I was doing due to the large amount of self reflection involved, and at times found it frustrating that unlike my student days, I couldn’t just sit down and write until it was finished, particularly when trying to complete it at school.

The module provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon the changes I made as a professional during the year. This allowed me to think specifically about certain learning activities I had done, and situations I had been involved in, and look strategically at how I could improve these if used again.

Looking back at the successes I had throughout my NQT year was particularly useful and motivating. The key areas of this were my role as a form tutor and the sporting events my pupils have taken part in with varying levels of success. I also thought about more specific examples which makes the job worth while like getting a child with bad behaviour to co-operate and shine within a lesson.

The module has inspired me to take part in further study and develop my own learning to a greater level, think more seriously about my career aspirations.

Further Positives:

  • The opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with others taking part on the course. This is very helpful when writing up work.
  • Helpful attitude of the tutors who were willing to discuss ideas and aid in the reflection process. Easy to reach through email.
  • The right amount of meetings to discuss work, without it feeling that it took up too much time.
  • The opportunity to evaluate the system in place within your school in order to aid future NQT students.
  • Able to use evidence already collected in Professional development portfolio, which decreased the amount of work created.