You are not alone, help is at hand!
Here are our tips on finding support with a Mentor:
Hopefully you have been appointed a good mentor. If so, draw on their knowledge and expertise as much as possible. If your mentor is not so forthcoming, look to other experienced teachers for help.
Mentors are busy so don’t be afraid to chase them to schedule regular catch ups.
Don’t let one bad day dent your confidence. Wait until the end of the year to assess the highs and lows. Remember to talk to other NQTs (either at your school or online) to share tips and strategies.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling. Every teacher has experienced the stresses of the first year and you shouldn’t be judged for asking for help.
Don’t worry about making mistakes. This is how you learn. And every mistake gives you the chance to become a better teacher in the future.
Find out what resources and training is available for your continuing professional development. If your school isn’t proactive in suggesting opportunities, do your own research and ask if you can go on courses.
Continue to build on your skills – both as a teacher and in your subject. Be a life-long learner.
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