Top tips for NQTs

23/08/2019 | All

Back to school – Top tips for NQTs!

It’s nearly that time, back to school! If you are a newly qualified teacher who is keen to thrive in your NQT year, have a read of our top tips to help welcome your new students back to school and get your classroom focused for the new academic year.

Here at i-teachers we specialise in placing NQTs into permanent positions, so we are passionate about ensuring your NQT year goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Self-care

Teacher training can be intense, stressful, rewarding and tiring (but worth it!). It is important when you begin your first role to ensure you look after yourself mentally and physically. Things to help could include talking to friends, reading, walking, exercising and other things you love. Don’t let your job consume your life, it will only lead to you burning out and not being able to give your best to your pupils.

2. Warm up sessions

Following a long lay-off from any sort of education or hard work, motivating pupils can prove to be a very difficult task. A fantastic way to get students back in a driven and motivated mind-set could be the introduction or morning ‘Warm up’ sessions! Starters are a fun way for you to get to know your pupils and understand where they at academically.

3. Organisation

Start as you mean to go on by sticking to your routine but particularly the mastery of your classroom. Write to do lists every day and create weekly or termly goals that you want to achieve.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask

Make good use of your mentor and colleagues around you. Strong NQTs are well known for asking for advice and reflecting upon this. It is your mentor’s job to support you. Ask to go and observe other colleagues, be enthusiastic to continue learning, enhancing your practice.

5. We all make mistakes

Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you receive praise, think of how far you have come and how hard you have worked for it. We all make mistakes and your first year of teaching is no exception to this. Just remember every lesson is a learning experience for you too, self-reflection is key!

Lastly a huge good luck to all teachers who are returning to work in September and are just beginning their teaching journey, it will be a year you will not forget!

If you have any more tips you would like to share that are not mentioned in this blog then feel free to contact the team at!