NQT Term 1 – ✅

Firstly, sorry for the basic snapchat filter. It’s the only photo I’ve taken in school all term for obvious reasons. It’s been a while again but I promise I’m here to stay now and you’ll see some exciting things coming up in the next few posts!

Just an update on the first 4 months (a term) in my new job. It’s been a real improvement on where I was last year, physically, emotionally, economically and in terms of my sanity.

It’s worth mentioning that when I was younger, I never planned or wanted to be a teacher. In fact, I spent most of my sixth form studies thinking and planning to go to university to study Drama, and my poor mum took me to A LOT of university open days. But at the last minute, I changed my mind and applied for Education Studies courses knowing that I wanted to keep my options open and possibly return to Drama at a later date (or at least keep it up as a hobby). What appealed to me about studying education was the fact I could study Psychology, Philosophy, History, Sociology and Politics all in one course. However, from the outside, people often look at my degree and think that I trained to be a teacher when in fact my degree was purely about research and the study of education, social justice and human behaviour. I learned so much from my degree, so it sometimes gets me down that the label doesn’t truly reflect the philosophical knowledge I gained.

Despite lots of people on my course wanting to be primary school teachers, I spent most of my degree saying I didn’t want to be a teacher. It was only when calculating finances and wanting to move to the North West of England with my boyfriend that I considered doing my teacher training, as the worry of being unemployed really frightened me. A year and a half down the line, I still question if I made the right decision but I’m a strong believer that you have to make the best of what you’ve got.

Teaching French this year in my new school is going really well. I have the most supportive colleagues, who think the world of me, and I think the world of them. The way they operate as a unit in what I thought was a quite lonely profession is a real credit to them. They are fair about workload and expectations and I have great support, especially with pupil behaviour.

I knew when taking this position that it would just be for 1 year to cover maternity and sadly due to budget they are having to cut staff next year, not take on anymore. So I know that in July I will have to say my goodbyes. But in a way, it’s a great thing because, despite being in a brilliant environment where I’ve been able to develop my teaching, I’m still unsure if I will apply to continue teaching. So this time next year… who knows where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

Published by Gaby Mendes

Your 20s wing woman!

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