The Liverpool Echo reports that Eddie Ledsham, from Wallasey, was warned by university tutors that his first year in employment would be hard. But, after graduating, the 22-year-old landed a job teaching a class of eight-year-olds in Wirral.
However, he said he found himself crying due to the pressure of impossible hours and unrealistic targets.
There was only one class in the year group, which meant that Eddie said he was planning every lesson himself, rather than splitting it between other teachers in the year like some schools.
Although Eddie was taught on his university course how to plan lessons, he said they were impractical for the job.
At the time, Eddie was living with his dad and getting in from school about 6.30pm at night – usually after being the last person to leave the school. He would get up at 5.30am to do marking or planning and then do more planning in his classroom before the day started.
During the third week, he went to his mum’s house and cried his eyes out and said: “I don’t know if I can do this.”
He added: “I felt that what was expected of us was astronomical. I love working with children but the problem with the teaching is that there are so many expectations. I think we should have been given more on-the-job experience during the course of the degree, as it didn’t at all prepare me for it.”
Surprised? Has he given in far too easily or did you feel like this as an NQT, totally under prepared? Should on-the-job experience be for longer periods? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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