Move Me On 180: feeling unprepared to start as NQT because of Covid-19

Teaching History feature

Published: 5th October 2020

Trainee feeling unprepared to start as NQT because training was interrupted by Covid-19 school closures

Una Marson had her training interrupted by school closures in response to Covid-19 and feels unprepared to start as an NQT.

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Una Marson was only a few weeks into her second placement when lockdown, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, forced schools to close to all but the most vulnerable and the children of key workers. Although the school-university partnership within which she was completing her PGCE quickly adapted its programme to provide online seminars, additional reading and extended opportunities for individual and joint planning, Una had no opportunities actually to teach any of these lesson sequences...

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