How do people know their child's teacher is an NQT?

(69 Posts)
Emochild Mon 12-Sep-16 14:24:43

Repeatedly on threads so a thread about many threads people say that their child's teacher is an NQT

How on earth do they know?

I have no clue if my children have had an NQT, I just know that some teachers are younger than others -doesn't necessarily mean that an older teacher isn't an NQT!

So, how do they know and why does it matter?

A teacher may have had 3 or 4 years teaching experience and still come across new challenges

Seeline Mon 12-Sep-16 14:29:52

At primary we were always given details of any new staff at the school, including qualifications and previous experience so it was fairly obvious.
Both DCs had NQTs at some point. One was brilliant, but slightly older having done another job before going into teaching. The other was terrible with major issues over controlling the class. According to other parents, this issue was much improved in subsequent years so lack of experience was to blame there.
At secondary the kids seem to be able to small an NQT out at 50 paces wink

ReallyTired Mon 12-Sep-16 14:32:42

My experience of NQTs has been excellent, There is a huge difference between an NQT and a PGCE student. An NQT is a newly qualified teacher. There is no reason they can't do their job.

RedforDanger Mon 12-Sep-16 14:34:42

I can only speak for myself but my child has a NQT this year. I know because she only works 4 days as has to attend training/study days one day a week. I know this because parents who work in the school told me, plus she looks about 12 grin.

I'm not sure it does matter, time will tell.

Emochild Mon 12-Sep-16 14:38:10

I'm quite surprised schools give out details of teachers

We have been told when we've had students (including pgce) but never any more details, unless they join the school as SLT

redskytonight Mon 12-Sep-16 14:41:03

At my DC's infants and junior schools we were given a short bio written by the teacher at the end of the previous year. Sort of along the lines of "My name is Jane Smith and I've been a teacher for x years, y of them at this school. I particularly enjoy teaching maths. In my spare time I play the trombone and enjoy fell running"
The school also generally introduces new teachers via the newsletter as "Mr Jones will be joining the Year 5 team, he comes to us from ABC School", so you got an inkling that way too!

My DC have only had 1 NQT who is still DD's 2nd favourite ever teacher (she's now in Y6). But never felt it was an issue.

catkind Mon 12-Sep-16 14:45:47

Er, they told us? We have three new teachers joining the school next year, Miss X and Miss Y are just completing their PGCEs and Mrs Z is moving up from Devon.
Does it matter? Well, like anyone starting in a new job, some things you don't get quite as right the first time around, some are brilliant and extra-diligent thanks to being new, some find it too much and drop out after a year or two. And for specific issues a more experienced teacher is at least more likely to have seen it before.
Like any teacher, we tend to judge them on how well they deal with our particular children and their particular issues. I wouldn't be particularly happy or particularly sad to have an NQT, I'd just see how they do.

irvineoneohone Mon 12-Sep-16 14:55:16

At my ds's school they always tells us/profile on website/ teacher tells about it to children about time away about class for NQT stuff.
If new teachers comes to school, they will feature them on news letter before starting. We always know.

TheresAJaffaCakeInMyPocket Mon 12-Sep-16 14:57:04

We don't get told. We don't even get told when stufent teachers or supply teachers are in!

mrz Mon 12-Sep-16 17:54:22

"Miss X and Miss Y are just completing their PGCEs " so students not teachers

MuffyTheUmpireSlayer Mon 12-Sep-16 17:59:28

mrz they're joining the school next year, so will have finished their PGCEs by then and no longer be student teachers but newly qualified teachers.

NotCitrus Mon 12-Sep-16 18:03:14

The TAs/admin staff/parents who know them tell you.

Miss X was a NQT year before last, Ms Y is new and was a teacher in wherever, Mrs Z's been here for years, thought she was going to leave but she hasn't, maybe she got offered a promotion thanks to Ms A leaving unexpectedly, she was great with my Barnaby and his issues, but my friend Thingy's child Wotsit didn't like her, but I think it was...

FourLittleSpeckledFrogs Mon 12-Sep-16 18:05:24

It's the rabbit in headlights look shock

grin

CannotEvenDeal Mon 12-Sep-16 18:07:32

I have worked in a school that pro-actively conceals teachers' NQT status from parents. I thought it was a bit melodramatic and insulting to the teacher.

Chippednailvarnishing Mon 12-Sep-16 18:09:52

My DD has a NQT this year, she looks about 12.

My DS had a NQT 2 years ago who was a 50 year old bloke. He was great.

FourLittleSpeckledFrogs Mon 12-Sep-16 18:09:54

I have seen parents go bananas over a NQT- demanding things they wouldn't have from an experienced teacher, even demanding that their child gets a new teacher.

I don't see the need to broadcast it, but I don't see the need to hide it either.

eyebrowsonfleek Mon 12-Sep-16 18:10:16

We found out when it was mentioned by the Head at the end of year Meet Next Year's Teacher session.
She was super knowledgeable and energetic. (The teacher not the Head)

sashh Mon 12-Sep-16 20:07:52

I can only speak for myself but my child has a NQT this year. I know because she only works 4 days as has to attend training/study days one day a week.

I hate to break this to you but that sounds like a student doing SCITT

Melfish Mon 12-Sep-16 20:13:10

DD had a NQT in year 1; she was very good and the children loved her- DD said 'it's because she's young, Mummy'.

CannotEvenDeal Mon 12-Sep-16 20:15:53

sashh it could also be a combination of NQT induction and PPA time though.

ellyelly247 Mon 12-Sep-16 21:00:45

Hate to break it to you... But all NQTs get a full day out of class.

CharleyDavidson Mon 12-Sep-16 21:15:25

An NQT gets half a day PPA time, like other teachers, and an extra half a day NQT time.

bojorojo Mon 12-Sep-16 22:26:39

NQT does indeed mean newly qualified but they have to pass their NQT year to be registered as a teacher. They are, therefore, not fully qualified. And, yes, some do fail the NQT year!

Longlost10 Mon 12-Sep-16 22:44:06

they are well informed, up to date, enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic, trusting, hard working, naive, gullible, hopeful, idealistic, scrouplicious, fairminded, moral, ethical, and have intergrety.

That is how you recognise an NQT, at least for the first 6 months.

Very few teachers make it past 5 years, so about 20% of staff in any one school or department are likely to be NQTs

catkind Tue 13-Sep-16 01:08:39

"Miss X and Miss Y are just completing their PGCEs " so students not teachers
It was announced at the end of the summer term. So NQT year when they started in September. Give me some credit, I can tell the difference between a class teacher and a student on placement.

Scrouplicious is a most wonderful word, but what on earth was it supposed to be longlost?

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