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    Coronavirus - NQTs and trainees

    NEU advice and frequently asked questions regarding the completion of initial teacher training courses and inducation of newly qualified teachers.

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    NQTs and Workload

    To aid with their continued professional development Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have slightly different working conditions to other teachers.

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    NQT’s time and working day

    When you begin your NQT year, you are taking a big step up in the amount of face to face teaching you are doing, and the level of responsibility you hold.

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    NQT’s time and demands

    As an NQT you are a qualified teacher on induction. You will probably be teaching many more face to face hours than you did during your training.

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    School Direct trainee teachers

    The National Education Union has produced this 22-point checklist as a guide for School Direct trainee teachers setting out the minimum expectations for their teacher training year.

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    Legal Responsibilities

    Like others on the way to gaining QTS, you may be feeling anxious about your legal position while in the classroom. This brief summary should help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

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    The role of a mentor

    Advice for trainee members on the role of a mentor, how to work best with your mentor and what to do if you feel you are not being supported.

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    Induction checklist

    What you should know before you start your induction, the support you should expect during the induction programme, your timetable, raising concerns and professional development.

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    Managing behaviour

    Advice for trainees on managing behaviour in the classroom, including physical and social contact and infatuations.

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    Lesson planning

    Advice for trainee members on lesson planning, timing and pacing, and tips on how to save time.

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    Newly qualified and trainee teachers

    Advice, tips and publications for newly qualified and trainee teachers on starting your teaching placement, lesson planning and behaviour management as well as frequently asked questions. 

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    Starting your teaching placement

    What to expect on your teaching placement, including advice on what you should and should not be asked to do in the classroom.

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    Before you start your teaching placement

    Guidance on what you can do to ensure you have the best start on your trainee placement, including a visit to the school and familiarising yourself with policies and procedures.