NQTs in Science – Planning and Outcomes

Bayley helps a science NQT improve lesson structure and delivery John Bayley works with science NQT Jim Weiss at Lampton School, Hounslow. A former youth worker, Jim came to teaching late. He’s an experienced public speaker, and is aware that his reliance on rhetoric can sometimes lead to under-planning his lessons. Bayley watches him teach a top set Year 9 double lesson. Jim’s a great entertainer, but the students are under-stretched and could learn more if Jim could learn to talk less.

By planning a stronger framework to his lessons, and introducing a variety of activities to encourage independent learning, John believes that Jim could become an effective ‘guide by the side’, holding back his storytelling skills for only the most important moments. Two weeks later John returns to discover an improvement – a far better structure to the lesson and Jim is carefully monitoring his talking.

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