We’ve previously covered the best NQT tips on the Teach Lambeth blog with 33 actionable pieces of advice for NQT teachers in their induction year.
But, in this post we’ve asked a range of NQTs coming to the end of their first year to give us their best London NQT advice, their personal insight or just an insight to how they felt undertaking their NQT year in Lambeth.
Here’s their views in their own words:
A Challenging But Rewarding NQT Induction Year
“As an outsider to London, and in fact the education system in England (I'm from Northern Ireland), I was very uncertain about what to expect. London, and my school in Camberwell, far exceeded anything I could have imagined.
As I now write this at the end of my NQT year I can look back at the most stressful, challenging, diverse and demanding year of my life. I have dealt with a child who needed to attend a PRU and a behaviorally challenging class who had lots of emotional needs. It is hard for me to put into words how proud I am that I survived.
I can't begin to list the things I learnt this year, the challenges I faced and the support that I had. It is often easier to tell people how tough things are, but the experiences I have had, that I feel only London could have given me, will stand to me for the rest of my teaching career and have affected/changed me personally.
I remember asking for a challenging NQT year so anything after that would be easier. As I now come to the end of that year I feel very thankful for those experiences and the support I had along the way, I also urge you to be careful what you ask the universe for... you might also get it.”
Vicki Kemps, Gipsy Hill Federation
Lambeth is a Special Place to be an NQT
“Teaching is a special vocation and Lambeth is a special place to be - take it from someone blessed to have spent their whole life in the borough!
In a place so clearly characterised by love and vibrancy, you really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
More importantly though, teaching is about the betterment of children and, by extension, society. It means addressing inequality across economic, race and gender lines, but, more optimistically, giving everyone a fair chance (and I mean everyone!): good teaching breeds good opportunity and good opportunity builds a higher predisposition to really make a go of it in life.
Lambeth and London are places where people of all varieties come together: a lot is always happening, so it makes sense that a lot can still happen. It’s a challenge, but we know challenges well as freshly qualified teachers. Ultimately, it is what makes us thrive.”
Ziaul Hassan, Kingswood Primary School
“I was really pleased to finish teacher training and was really looking forward to starting life as a "proper" teacher. My NQT year did not let me down.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the extra responsibility that comes with being an established part of the school team. I particularly liked the opportunity to arrange trips for all my classes and overall I would say that these have been a success. London offers many interesting places to visit and it is good to make use of these for educational reasons.
I look forward to the new challenges that will invariably come my way as I properly start my teaching career.”
Andrew Cannon, School TBC
NQT Training Support
“To be an NQT cannot be summed up in such a short amount of space.
It’s the most rewarding and supportive place to be starting out in this wonderful profession.
I feel like I always have a strong support network and can rely on others to help me grow as a person and professional.”
Savannah Oscislawski, Clapham Manor
NQT Help and Advice
As well as asking a few NQTs for their thoughts, we asked our current NQT cohort for some of their hard won NQT help and advice, to add to our NQT tips here, which they kindly give us below:
If you could give one tip to a new NQT, what would it be?
What are the good things about going through induction in Lambeth?
And we also asked a few of our NQTs for a bit more insight on camera.