As a Primary NQT, you should have an idea of which year or key stage you would like to teach. Teaching is often a long career and could see you teach across all 3 phase groups. Your first permanent post as an NQT should be within your comfort zone, a year group you have experience and confidence within.
Once you are set on which phase and year group you are looking for, try to gain a clear picture of what your ideal school would be. With over 2000 State Primary Schools within Greater London, your choice could be overwhelming. Aim to be as open minded as possible, without losing sight of what kind of environment would suit your personality and skillset. Faith or state, creative or traditional, 1, 2 or 3 form entry…you will know when you have found the right school.
Secondary Teachers are subject specialists, so as an NQT, ensuring your subject knowledge is strong and in depth is key to your development throughout your teacher training as well as securing your first permanent post. NQTs should feel at ease teaching their subject across Key Stage 3 and 4 in most subjects, and confident in dealing with the daily inner city challenges such as challenging behaviour.
Each and every school will be a different experience for an NQT, with so many factors contributing to your experience. From your journey to the school, lesson observation, and meeting your potential line manager and Head of Department; these can all have a varying effect on your decision.
When preparing for your first, and possibly your only interview; be thorough. Do the basics right, and have confidence in your ability. Schools are looking for an NQT with real potential, those who show promise and can add value to their team.