On dilemmas and predicaments about supply teaching, Pete O’Brien.
Pete has worked for over twenty years in primary schools and has been a Head Teacher for over nine years. He has led his schools through successful Ofsted inspections and has been described in his most recent inspection as an ‘inspirational and innovative leader’. Pete also has valuable experience of many different vocational training schemes, including the Apprentice to Work scheme, Raise the Youth community work and The Princes Trust. Pete O’Brien, Dip. Ed, B.A Hons, PGCE, NPQH.
Dear Jobs Doctor
I completed my PGCE in June 2013 and for the past academic year I’ve been working for a staffing agency on both a supply and long-term contract basis. During this time I’ve successfully completed two terms of my NQT induction. I now have an opportunity to work with children overseas, but I’m concerned about the length of time I’m taking to complete my induction. If I return to the UK in 6 months time and find another contract through which to finish my induction, would this appear unusual on my C.V. and would this be to the detriment of my future career? I have an incredible opportunity to work with disadvantaged children in Africa and I really want to take it.
Joanne Short, NQT Primary Teacher, West London
It’s becoming increasingly popular to carry out NQT induction in several different schools a term at a time. It’s a great way in which to increase your experience across various types of schools and further develop your teaching skill set particularly in dealing with children from a variety of backgrounds and different educational needs. I would always suggest experiencing as many different educational environments as is possible as this will give you a deeper knowledge and understanding as to how the locality affects an individuals learning and development of relationships. If this means completing your NQT induction, a term at a time, in different schools within 2 years, this is fine. I would not however recommend completing induction over any longer period of time, as curriculums are ever evolving and can quickly change.