23 Aug '13

News Top tips for newly-qualified teachers: live chat

Whether you're about to begin your first teaching post or have been in the classroom for years, join us on Wednesday 28 August, 1pm to 3pm, to discuss being an NQT

In an article on tips for newly-qualified teachers, education behavioural specialist Tracey Lawrence described how she wished she'd been better prepared as a new teacher.

She said: "As much as I had read about teaching, planned and prepped, I still had a shock waiting for me when I started in the classroom.

"Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved teaching new topics, getting to know the children and helping them progress, but there are some tips and lessons that I wish I'd known at the beginning of that first year."

One piece of advice she gave was not underestimating the power of a simple seating plan: "You can have a good combination with a child who has behavioural difficulties if you sit them with their best friend. It doesn't always work, as you can imagine, but once I had a child who was so happy that I trusted them, they behaved impeccably."

We'll be looking in more detail at managing behaviour in a live chat for new teachers, as well as covering topics such as getting a good work-life balance and handling paperwork. Our panel of teachers and education experts will be on hand to answer any questions to do with being a newly-qualified teacher. Whether its how to protect your voice, not get overwhelmed with marking, find resources or pace your lessons. And if you have any stories to share from your experience of being a teacher then please feel free to contribute.

Join us, Wednesday 28 August, 1pm to 3pm to take part in the discussion.

The debate will take place in the comment thread below - and is now open for advance questions and comments. If you would prefer to email a question, send a message to holly.welham.casual@theguardian.com

Our panel

Stephen Tierney: @Head_stmarys

Stephen has been the headteacher of St. Mary's Catholic College, Blackpool, for the past 13 years. In September he will be the headteacher of St. Mary's and Christ the King Catholic Primary School. He blogs from www.leadinglearner.me

Anna Balson: @Kiteflyer67

Anna is the headteacher of Mere Green Primary in Birmingham and has taught for 15 years. She has also worked with schools across the city as an assistant senior teacher for maths and behaviour.

Claire Binns: @ClaudeBinns

Claire has been mentoring newly-qualified teachers for seven years as head of department of citizenship at an inner London school.

Alex Quigley: @HuntingEnglish

Alex is assistant head and English subject leader at Huntington Secondary School in York. He has mentored PGCE students for more than five years and is currently supporting an NQT. His book, Teach Now: How To Become A Great English Teacher?, will be published next year.

Lindsey Hall: @l_m_hall

Lindsey teaches English at Marden High School in North Tyneside. She trained with the Graduate Teacher Programme after seven years working in secondary education in various non-teaching positions.

Alan Gillepsie: @afjgillespie

Alan recently completed his probation year at Ardnamurchan High, a remote school in the Scottish Highlands. He currently teaches English in Glasgow.

Marie Hazel: @mrsmhazel

Marie has been teaching science at City Academy in Bristol for four years and is deputy curriculum leader for the subject.

Julian Stanley

Julian is the chief executive of the charity Teacher Support, which provides teachers with practical telephone and online advice 24 hours a day all year round.

Vicky Boyle

A qualified solicitor, Vicky has been advising members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers on employment and education law matters for nearly four years. Prior to this role she taught music at a secondary school.

This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Looking for your next role? Take a look at Guardian jobs for schools for thousands of the latest teaching, leadership and support jobs.

theguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Read the full story in Guardian Education
Log in Join