Summer is approaching which means you are so close to completing your teacher training year and embarking on the adventure that is your first teaching post. As a newly qualified teacher it is important to build an online community to not only receive advice but to share practices, ideas and thoughts. At a time where budgets are tight, resources can be quite limited, blogs are easy to access and cover a variety of subjects. Your NQT year may seem quite daunting but do not worry, we have hand selected some of the best NQT blogs to help you prepare ahead of September.
Diary of an NQT
SecEd’s Diary of an NQT presents an honest and somewhat comic insight into the everyday life of an NQT. Since 2014, a Newly Qualified Teacher takes the reigns each year and the diarist this year is an English teacher at a comprehensive school in the Midlands. Posting weekly entries, readers can follow the diarist throughout their NQT journey. It provides readers with the platform to experience NQT life first hand and to be able to relate to someone who is going through the same journey. Keep an eye out for who the next blogger will be for the next academic year.
TeacherToolKit’s NQT blog has been designed to equip newbies to the profession with high-quality resources and ideas. Their blog contributors boast a wealth of sector knowledge, and work in an array of educational settings including PGCE tutors, experienced teachers and Deputy Headteachers. Whether you are looking for a 5-minute lesson plan or behaviour management techniques, TeacherToolKit provides NQTs with the support to succeed. TeacherToolKit is one of the most influential education blogs in the UK reaching over 8.5 million readers, it was set up to provide teachers with access to resources, encouragement and support to thrive and flourish.
Yes, yes we know this isn’t technically a blog but Mr T provides useful NQT support and inspiration on Twitter. Providing daily tips about everyday school life as well as motivational messages to get you through the day.
Twinkl is dedicated to supporting teachers and schools worldwide. Whether you are an Early Years or Post 16 teacher, Twinkle has over 525,000 teaching resources available and counting. Their free tools include subject activity, planning and assessment, and classroom set up packs, to name a few. As well as having a large variety of resources, Twinkl also have Facebook support communities where NQTs can communicate with fellow members. You also have the opportunity to register to gain access to more, but it comes at a small cost.
Education is constantly evolving and with that comes innovative ideas and practices. Blogs have grown in popularity over the years and provide educators with a platform to voice their ideas, knowledge and strategies. As an NQT, building your online network and community is essential as you will gain valuable insight and information that you just might not be available from your school or university. Whether you are looking for a particular resource or for some lighthearted NQT reading, blogs provide readers with new and traditional resources. We hope our hand selected blogs make your NQT year that little bit easier.
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Thanks for reading,
The EduStaff Team