Lots of lovely free teaching resources are on their way to new teachers this week, as our Gear for the Year programme rolls out across the country, putting bags of them into the hands of primary PGCE students as they complete their training and move on to their first teaching posts.
Our recent survey of new teachers who had taken part in our Gear for the Year project reveals remarkable levels of confidence - in virtually all aspects of primary teachers’ careers, over 90% of NQTs say that they are reasonably or very confident. This is amazing: we can only imagine what a survey of graduates who have spent just over a month in their non-teaching professions would say about their confidence levels, but feel sure that they would be considerably less positive.
It’s probably because NQTs seem to be - and say they are - really well supported by colleagues. Plus, they’ve been well trained at the colleges taking part in schoolzone’s Gear for the Year project.
There are two areas which NQTs feel less confident in and we’ve already taken steps to support them - we talk to teachers all the time, so we had picked them up as concerns previously
At the end of last term, schoolzone gave away 2,500 bags of free resources to PGCE students ready for them to take into their new schools. The idea was that these resources would support them in their induction year. A couple of weeks ago we asked some of the recipients of the bags what they thought about the resources that they’d received. We also asked them about how well supported they were feeling in their first half term at their new schools.
The good news is that most of them feel well supported by their colleagues, with only 3% saying that they weren't. Senior leaders seem to be a bit less supportive, but maybe that’s to be expected at this early stage.
Less good news perhaps, is that fewer than half of the students we talked to (72/145) have found permanent teaching posts, though another quarter have fixed term contracts. However, just 4% have failed to find (but want) a teaching post. Compare this with the success rates of other graduates within a few months of graduation - it’s a great start for a working life: and even better with a nice bag of goodies alongside, courtesy of Gear for the Year!