The young teacher survival guide


August 2015

Foolproof PD day outfit

My first day as an NQT at a brand new school was a PD day. No one told me what to wear on a so I turned up looking extremely professional: smart black trousers, red blouse and heels. Everyone else was wearing jeans and t-shirts…. I felt so embarrassed! Why had my PGCE not taught me what to wear for a PD day??? Why had no one at my new school thought to tell me it was casual dress??? Why hadn’t I asked what the dress code would be??? The truth is that I thought about asking what the dress code was, but I was too scared it was a stupid question. Spoiler – it isn’t. I want to make sure no one goes through the same horrible feeling on their first day so I put together this simple outfit that would look great regardless of whether everyone else is wearing smart clothes or their scruffs.

The best thing about this outfit is that everyone probably has similar pieces in their wardrobes that they can wear even if they don’t have the exact things and they will still look fantastic.

Here’s a list of items in this outfit:

Shoes – Primark £5

Plain black tights – Tesco £7 for 2 pairs

Dress – Amazon £69.99 £11.41

I’d love to see pictures of your PD day outfits in the comments!

We can survive teaching together!


Welcome to my blog!

So during the summer holidays I found out that lots of the friends I made during my PGCE have decided to quit teaching after only completing their NQT year. I also read some pretty heartbreaking articles and blog posts about young teachers who have decided to leave the profession after only a couple of years. I decided to see whether I could find any advice or support for young teachers on the internet and I noticed something incredible! All I found were blogs written by older, more experienced teachers which only talked about education and politics. I could’t find any blogs which addressed some of the important issues that twenty-something-year-old teachers face today such as: cute work outfit ideas, what to buy colleagues for secret Santa, where to find high quality resources, which books are actually useful, how to have a life and be a good teacher, etc, etc… So I decided to start my own blog and here we are! My hope is that I can share some of my knowledge and ideas about teaching and life in general to help other young teachers survive!

Of course I realise that I am fresh out of my NQT year and still have lots to learn so please feel free to comment on any of my posts to correct me or give additional advice.

We can survive teaching together!

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