Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
Recently qualified teacher Cassie Thomas talks about what helped her pass her induction.
1.What advice would you give to an ECT trying to ensure they fulfil wider professional responsibilities during their NQT year?
Actively participate and actively implement advice
We all have different experiences throughout our teaching journey. You will know your strengths and which areas you would like to improve. Draw from both areas. Actively participate in staff meetings, CPDs and team discussions, talking about your own experiences and knowledge, as they are just as important. This will in turn build your professional relationships with colleagues / fellow practitioners, allow you to obtain advice which can be implemented and will ultimately improve your own practice.
2. How do you ensure you have a balance between fulfilling wider professional responsibilities and developing your teaching practice.
They are interconnected.
Many of the standards are intertwined and this includes teachers’ standard 8. Running a lunch time club, can help build your relationship with the children in your class. Open and honest communication with parents will build parents trust and communication with you, which will only benefit their child.
3.What challenges did you face when trying to fulfil your wider professional responsibilities and how did you overcome these?
With school closures and ‘bubbling’ within schools, it becomes harder to fulfil standard 8 but there are ways around it.
Instead of being able to communicate face to face with parents for prolonged periods, plan in time for emails or phone calls. Whilst not being able to hold lunch time/after school clubs or organise trips currently, you can still support your school by researching what you can do in school to enrich the childrens’ learning experience
4.What useful advice were you given by your mentor or colleagues on fulfilling wider professional responsibilities?
She often would say that anything additional that you are able to do, will only ever have a positive impact, but to also be realistic with what extra you can take on, without it negatively impacting your own wellbeing.
5.How did you evidence this for your assessment?
6.Would you prefer to go on holiday to the Caribbean or the Antarctic?
7.What’s the last film that you watched?
Guardians of the Galaxy
Many of the standards are intertwined and this includes teachers’ standard 8. Running a lunch time club, can help build your relationship with the children in your class.
The Early Career Framework outlines what early career teachers should learn about, as well as what they need to learn how to do. It is based on expert guidance and research evidence. The framework should be central to all ECTs’ development.
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Develop as a professional, by:
Build effective working relationships, by:
Manage workload and wellbeing, by: