Secondary NQTs – Classroom Encounters with Cowley

Sue recommends classroom-management and other techniques for NQTs Great Barr is the largest secondary school in the country with 2,500 pupils on role and a teaching staff of 160. In this programme we meet 18 NQTs starting their first term of work and focus on two of them. We watch Gail Clarke teaching art to a challenging Y8 class. Behaviour expert Sue Cowley analyses the lesson with Gail and explores various strategies for better classroom management. These include: how to apply school uniform rules, setting clear learning objectives, rewards and sanctions, and changing Gail’s clothing. We hear from Great Barr’s induction mentor Elaine Caldecott and headteacher Cate Abbott about what they are looking for in new teachers, and how the school supports their development. Then Sue speaks to American NQT Edward Egere about the techniques he finds most useful in his first term teaching ICT at this large school.

Secondary NQTs – More Classroom Encounters with Cowley

Sue Cowley offers 18 NQTs advice on class and lesson management Great Barr is the largest secondary school in England. In autumn 2006, eighteen NQTs started their teaching life at this school. This programme focuses on two of them.

We visit an MFL lesson with Stephanie Geary. Steph has a relaxed teaching style with her Year 9 class, but Sue has some cautionary advice. Meanwhile, Gail Clarke has been meeting some tough challenges in her Year 8 art class. Sue joins her in the classroom to suggest some new strategies.

In between these visits, behaviour expert Sue Cowley fields some questions on classroom control in a question and answer session with all the NQTs. ‘How long should you have to wait for silence?’ and ‘How do I deal with swearing?’ are two of the questions on the minds of these teachers in their first weeks in the classroom.

Secondary NQTs – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Four NQTs assemble over dinner to celebrate their first year A group of NQTs reflect on their first year of teaching over a celebratory meal.

Friends Aimee Hughes and Katy Elstob host the dinner party for fellow NQTs Alan Davies and Mark Dewhirst. They discuss a range of issues that affect and worry all NQTs such as work/life balance, lesson planning and staff relationships.
The NQTs look back and compare their experiences, giving a candid insight into the highs and lows of their first year in the profession.

Secondary NQTs – The First Year: Key Moments

Three NQTs blog about key moments during their first year Three NQTs record their emotions at crucial moments during their first teaching year by writing an online blog.

At Ilkley Grammar School, Leeds, English NQT Laura Wilson blogs on her first day at school, and her first day off sick.
At Manor School, York, history NQT Adam Otway writes about his first parents’ evening and his final lesson observation.
And at Rossett School, Harrogate, modern foreign languages NQT Michaela Simpson reflects on the end of the first term, and her first lesson disaster.

At the end of the year all three NQTs reflect on these key moments, and update their blog with their top tips for each situation.

Making PPA Work for You

Does protected PPA time really work? This programme follows newly qualified teachers Finlay Curry and Michelle Burkitt as they attempt to maximise the value of their 10% Planning, Preparation, and Assessment time. Both teachers find it a challenge to keep other distractions from encroaching into what should be protected time.

Finlay, a geography teacher, finds that administration tasks are the biggest challenge to his PPA time, so he delegates some of this to pupils. Michelle, a dance teacher, finds that a quiet space is the most useful weapon in the armoury of ring-fencing the time, but inevitably she also finds that distractions are not easily avoided.

Education writer and NQT agony aunt Elizabeth Holmes studies the way that both NQTs handle the challenges that threaten their PPA time and suggests ways of ensuring it is used as effectively as possible.

Teaching with Style

We follow two NQTs who experiment with different techniques In this programme two NQTs experiment with different techniques for developing their own unique teaching style. While this can be time-consuming, Finlay Curry and Victoria Oldroyd are keen to get started.

Finlay tries to harness his geography pupils’ imaginations to make a lesson about hurricanes more vivid. The results are on the whole encouraging, and Finlay learns a valuable lesson about planning.

ICT teacher Victoria introduces a robotic dog and an informal classroom setup to help teach her class about sensors. She finds the experience invigorating, benefiting from the support and advice of her NQT mentor.

Leeds University’s Angi Melderez, an NQT academic who has studied a wide variety of teaching styles, passes on useful advice for all teachers interested in trying out new techniques.

Survival Secrets

A NQT advisor gives her top tips on surviving the first year Find out how six NQTs got through their first year of teaching, the highs, the lows, and the secrets of their success.

Reports of exhaustion in the initial term are shared by many, but all agree that the following two terms become easier as a result of finding their way around the school, the timetable and their workload. Taking a look back, the NQTs discuss the main difficulties faced and mistakes made and offer their suggestions for other new teachers on how to avoid repeating them.

Renowned educational consultant Elizabeth Holmes adds her words of guidance and advice for all newly qualified teachers

This programme will be useful to any PGCE students, NQTs and those involved in the support or management of new teachers.

First Year and Beyond

Three NQTs discuss their first year and their hopes for the next Follow three NQTs through their first year of teaching, from the first day in the classroom to their feelings about their impending second year.

Stuart Tatterton discovers how to balance a busy home life with intense marking and planning pressures at school, gaining confidence and a more relaxed approach to teaching along the way. Claire Hewitt focuses on developing her GCSE teaching abilities with the help of her mentor and colleagues while Kenneth Carmichael enjoys developing his relationship with pupils through his role as a form tutor.

Although the teachers talk honestly about some of the difficulties they’ve encountered, they are all quick to highlight the good times and their enthusiasm for the forthcoming year.

This programme would be of value to all PGCE students, NQTs and senior management.

First Year and Beyond

Three NQTs discuss their first year and their hopes for the next Follow three NQTs through their first year of teaching, from the first day in the classroom to their feelings about their impending second year.

Stuart Tatterton discovers how to balance a busy home life with intense marking and planning pressures at school, gaining confidence and a more relaxed approach to teaching along the way. Claire Hewitt focuses on developing her GCSE teaching abilities with the help of her mentor and colleagues while Kenneth Carmichael enjoys developing his relationship with pupils through his role as a form tutor.

Although the teachers talk honestly about some of the difficulties they’ve encountered, they are all quick to highlight the good times and their enthusiasm for the forthcoming year.

This programme would be of value to all PGCE students, NQTs and senior management.

Part 1 – Observation and Feedback

An NQT copes with a busy day at the start of her induction year Helen Fuller is an English NQT at the City Academy, Bristol. We follow her throughout a busy day covering the start of a brand new module ‘War and Conflict’ with a top set Year 9 class. In her mentor meeting at the end of the day, Helen considers what was a challenging lesson, and gets advice on how to deal with their behaviour issues in the future. At the end of the day we see Helen cooking at home with her husband and reflecting on her day and what the she wants from the future.

This is the first instalment of a three part series documenting a year in the life of an NQT. We see Helen at home as well as school, juggling professional and personal life in her first year as a teacher.