All that you have is your soul (Tracy Chapman).

Thursday, 20 July 2006

Goodbye To The NQT

School has finally broken up for the summer and I have now taught for three full terms. As I drove away this afternoon, I thought about the fact that today is my very last as an NQT (newly qualified teacher).

How does it feel? Bloody marvellous because I have finished my initial teacher training (we never stop training!). The course that I began back in September 2004 is now finally, finally over.

I know that this is only the beginning of my career, but it feels pretty damn good to have passed both stages of my training successfully. When I go back to school in September, I will be a teacher who is starting his second year in the profession. I know that more will be expected of me and I'm fine with that, but it is so satisfying to know that there is no longer a chance ( as remote as it seemed) that I could fail to qualify as a professional teacher. I've done it. I have satisfied the Government's requirements and met the standards expected by the body who determines my entry into the teaching profession.

In other words, I have waited almost two years to get to this point and the sense of achievement I feel is wonderful.

At long last - I made it through.

5 comments:

Just said...

Hi Teacher,

It always feels good to see your goals accomplished! Congrats!

Greetings from a overcrowded Atlanta US airport, still two more hours to wait ...

The Teacher said...

Just,

It's gratifying to know that you are using some time at the airport to find out about l'il ole me!

Tense Teacher said...

Many congratulations! Won't it feel wonderful to know that no one will constantly be breathing down your neck while you try to work?...

Larrythelamb said...

im sure gonna miss the NQT (boo hoo hoo), what am I gonna do without you as an NQT (cries profusely)......

BUT

There is life after NQT, mazeltov

xx

The Teacher said...

thanks people...yes there is life after NQT and it does feel wonderful.