NQT First Steps: Planning for the School Year

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NQT Newly Qualified Teacher First Steps

Part of the NQT series of articles. For more on this series, see the main NQT: First Steps page here.


NQT Newly Qualified Teacher First Steps


10 things to question as an NQT to help you plan your first year.

Consider the following before planning your first school year:



How will you assess where the children are in their level of understanding?



How clear are your objectives? Are you sure that what you are doing enables the children to reach their objectives?



Do you cater for different learning styles at the different part of the lessons?



Have the adults in the lesson got a clear role? Do they know what it is?



Have you planned how long you want to spend on each part of the lesson?



Have you thought about the lesson from the pupils’ point of view?



Do you know the key words you are going to use?



Have you got the resources you need?


Assessment and Evaluation

What strategies will you use to test out whether they have achieved the objective?


NQT: First Steps as a Newly Qualified Teacher

This series is adapted from Focus Education’s NQT Toolkit, now in its 4th Edition. Specifically targeted at those starting out in primary teaching, the NQT Toolkit is a practical guide to the things that people often forget to tell newly qualified teachers. It includes sections on classroom organisation and management, behaviour and expectations, dealing with the first of everything (parents evenings, report writing, organising a trip etc.) as well as planning, marking and assessment. To see more, including sample pages, visit the link here.

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