I am aware of this. However, I just wanted to throw some positivity out there. There are some brilliant schools for an NQT to work in. Mine is one of them. And here are a few characteristics of mine...
A supportive school is...
...one that understands the excitement and passion that an NQT brings to the job
...one that trains their NQT/s to be the best they can without loading on the pressure
...understands the need for a work/life balance (e.g. doesn't expect emails to be read at the weekend!)
...one that shares the responsibility of supporting the NQT between more than just the mentor
...and more specifically...
...one whose HT will come all the way down to your classroom to bring you a classroom fan, even though there is a SIO learning walk going on, because he saw how hot you and your children were!
...one where your team leader will take the blame for your mistake because she knows how much you have on your plate at the time
...one where your partner teacher will take the brunt of a parent's complaint for something you have chosen to do as a team
...one where you can drop into anyone's classroom at 6pm on a Tuesday with no idea what to teach for maths tomorrow, and they will help you plan it
...one whose HT will come out to see you at break-time duty to check if you're okay because you "didn't seem yourself this morning"
...one whose DHT will encourage you to have more than one day off when you were ill in Autumn term because you need time to rest and recover and, don't worry, they've got everything covered for a supply
...one whose HT will allow you two days out of school, paid and without having to swap NQT time, to attend an important event in your boyfriend's career
...one where you will go on day-long courses in a week and still be given your NQT and PPA time because "you're very busy and you need it!"
...one where your turbulent, but successful, NQT year is celebrated in front of the whole school with funny pictures, wine and flowers!
I could go on. The point is, not all schools are reluctant to take the time to nurture and develop their new teachers. I couldn't have wished for more support, empathy or compassion from any of the staff at my school this year. I can only hope that when I decide to move on, I am welcomed into a new team of teachers as warmly as I have been this time!
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