At just three weeks into my induction year, I realised that the obstacles that I faced – the usual range of problems typically faced by NQTs – were pretty much insurmountable in my particular school: dreadful behaviour compounded by ineffective behaviour systems, a divide and rule policy by senior leadership, which engendered a culture of blame, difficult classes that had been “taught” by cover supervisors during the past academic year, no team ethos in my department and overly prescriptive teaching practices. An NQT from the south of England writes in Tes.
Moreover, a tricky mentor, whose raison d’etre was to get promoted, was making my teaching life unbearable: this had begun during my first mentoring session that autumn term, when my mentor and the department second-in-command had sat me down and informed me that a previous NQT had made an accusation of bullying against them – and they wanted to ensure that I wasn’t going to do the same.
Why had my local authority agreed for me to be mentored by a teacher who had had a serious allegation made against her?
Furthermore, should my school have been allowed to have NQTs in my department on the basis of such an allegation? Or should it have been stipulated that NQTs can only be hired by a school if suitable mentors are available – and specify that any teachers with recent allegations made against them cannot be allowed to mentor NQTs (or trainees)?
Read the full article NQTs: My induction year nightmare
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