Kiran Dhesi joined Bristnall Hall Academy in Sandwell, West Midlands, part of the ATT family of academies, in September 2016 and teaches information technology and business. We caught up with Kiran just before February half term to find out how her NQT year is going as he reaches midway in the Spring term and her plans for the rest of the year.
Oh wow, where do I start?
The year so far has been full of many challenges. As for being an NQT, I feel that you are usually treated as a regular member of staff which means being proactive and finding out how to do things by asking lots of questions to other members of staff. This reinforces your relationships. Since December, I feel the year has gone by so quickly. At the busy times you see less of your department because everybody is so busy and you take more work home with you because you want the best for ‘your kids’. Our students really appreciate the additional support.
The challenge I have personally faced is that as part of a small department, you are often focused on one subject and this sometimes means that you find it more difficult to develop. I remember being at university and having that one day a week where all subjects would mix, and you would experience a treasure chest of knowledge and ideas. The best part about being in my academy is that you can see these gems in real time, but the hard thing is organising your timetable to see these amazing departments.
I am sure you would ordinarily want to spend your free lessons marking or creating lessons, but during this training year it is worth seeing different teachers from different subjects in their arenas, and then trialling out new ideas based on what you have seen. It is also handy because you have the support of your mentor and someone who is assigned to supporting you with your development in your subject area. Use these to assess how effective your new gems are.
Remember, do not forget about yourself. There have been so many times this term that I have put myself last on the ‘to do’ list. Be cautious of children who are sick… My advice is to run and build a wall! There is hope as apparently your immune system does improve over a period of time. Just invest in some anti-bacterial hand gel and get some vaccinations during the six week holiday!
On a personal note it has often been difficult this year to spend time with my family. It is important to get things done during your time at school to allow some quality time to rest and actually enjoy being around your loved ones. There are days when I feel guilty for not spending enough time with my folks.
This term has not only been about managing my own time (which sounds easy) but also managing the time of my students effectively so that they meet deadlines, which is more difficult. Having spreadsheets that are updated for each piece of work has helped a lot and is also a great way of keeping our Year Leaders informed. At my academy they are so helpful, supportive and always have your back!Back to Blog