To help this year go smoothly, we’ve compiled a list of five publications available on nimbl that we think will be particularly useful to NQTs.
1. Managing Your NQT Year
This, of course, is a staple for NQTs. It is short and concise, offering advice and activities to help teachers manage the challenges of the NQT year and avoid the sort of pitfalls that can lead to unnecessary stress and work. It includes tips on managing workloads, organisation strategies and maintaining a healthy work-life balance, while encouraging the user to reflect on their own practice and plan actions that will ensure continued development.
2. Managing Behaviour
Managing Behaviour is full of information and tips that will guide an NQT through life in the classroom. It explores the challenging situations they may face and how to manage them, offering information on the 20 key principles of behaviour management, the importance of first impressions, how to remain calm in challenging situations, how to build effective positive relationships and how to give effective praise.
Code of Conduct is essential for all staff in educational settings and helps them practise high standards of personal professional standards. However, it can prove particularly useful to the NQT who is new to the teaching environment. It covers 17 key elements of professional conduct, including confidentiality, behaviour and appearance, reporting concerns and safeguarding. Throughout, users are referred to appropriate documentation and policies to further their understanding of what is expected of them.
4. Understanding the Child
NQTs will be increasingly aware that to teach effectively, they also need to understand and support children with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and needs. These will affect pupils’ well-being, behaviour and ability to learn. Understanding the Child therefore helps teachers understand what makes each child unique and offers an insight into the different experiences of their pupils, including family issues, mental health, medical issues, social issues, learning needs and immigration. It is also a useful source of reference, with extensive links to further information and web-based resources about each topic.
There’s no point denying it – newly qualified teachers are bound to face stress sooner or later. Relaxation is a resource that can help NQTs deal with this stress, featuring a series of exercises to help them relax and feel more in control. With Relaxation the user can explore breathing techniques, visualisation tools, muscle relaxation and how to practise every day relaxation. For more on the importance of teacher wellbeing, read our blog post about Teacher 5 a day.