Light at the end of a dark Summer

I hope everyone reading this is having a lovely, relaxing Summer. I’ve almost finished up at work for the Summer and am looking forward to some free time before school starts.

Firstly, I hope this blog post gives hope to my fellow NQTs who haven’t secured a job for the year. As I said in my last post, and like many others I’m sure, I’ve been bracing myself for subbing this year, making lists of things I need to get and reading articles, lots of dos and don’ts! Then I got a call out of the blue from the principal of the school where I did TP telling me he had part-time mainstream subbing for me for a couple of months! Naturally, I was thrilled, especially as it had been so unexpected. It really is true what people say – things can turn around quickly for you in teaching.

I feel a bit spoiled because this will kind of ease me into teaching, as I can still make plans for a specific class. I am starting to get nervous now – the reality of it is slowly beginning to dawn on me. I’m happy knowing I’ll learn a lot and get a bit of experience under my belt. It’ll also give me the chance to get known in other schools from subbing on the days I’m not working, with the security of knowing I have a wage coming in every week.

I also think it’s important to point out at this juncture that lots of people rant and rave about nepotism and cronisim in the teaching profession – except when it works in their favour. As the principal explained to me on the phone, you’re going to ask in people you know. I wouldn’t have got subbing in that school if I hadn’t done a teaching practice in there.

So, in theory at least, all NQTs have to do is get known and try to make a good impression. I highly recommend having a look at the ‘Limerick Teachers’ facebook page for advice on this – they included some things that other Irish bloggers had failed to mention with regard to your years of service.

I really hope this has given some dispirited NQTs a boost. I know myself I was kind of dreading going into schools, the pressure of teaching in a strange environment and trying to navigate a different staffroom every day – hopefully I will get the chance to experience this on my days off! Keep going, make new lesson plans as if you are going teaching and gather your resources because you honestly never know what’s around the corner!

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