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Life as an NQT

03 Oct 2020   |   Littlecoates Primary Academy

Experience of life as an NQT was shared by Littlecoates Academy teacher Dan Birkett to a worldwide audience. Dan has just completed his NQT year, and was invited to be a panellist in the ‘On the Couch with’ series of weekly webinars organised by Bowden Education. The webinars are centred around educational topics in front of an audience. Dan was invited as a panellist to the webinar: ‘Perspectives of NQTs’.

Year 5 teacher Dan gave an insight into the webinar experience: “Initially I was anxious about accepting the offer, but it was a fantastic experience and I’m so glad I did it. This virtual event allowed NQTs and RQTs, like me, to share our early experiences of teaching with each other and the audience. We fielded a wide range of questions posed by the hosts and members of the audience. The two hosts, Catherine Carden and Virginia Bower, spent a good 30 minutes chatting with the rest of the panel and I beforehand, which helped me relax.” The event began with an hour of questions. “Catherine and Virginia had cleverly crafted questions which created an atmosphere of openness and honesty, resulting in down to earth discussions about being an NQT. “Listening to the other panellists, I found it reassuring to discover that it wasn’t just me – we had all faced similar challenges, doubts, fears and triumphs in our first year of teaching.”

Dan was impressed by the networking opportunities the webinar provided. “’On the Couch with’ is a great forum for all (but especially NQTs/RQTs) to find, share and learn from other educational professionals across the country. It also provides a great opportunity for networking. I would highly recommend taking part in ‘On the couch with’, as an audience member or even as a panellist if the opportunity arises.”

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