June 20, 2005


Today I was informed that I have passed my NQT year. I can now teach forever in this country.

Last August, I briefly mentioned how becoming a teacher works in this country. If you remember, forgive the redunancy. For those who may be unware, Qualified Teacher Status can be obtained in several different ways. I got a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, or PGCE as it is known in this kingdom of endless intials, abbreviations and acronyms. With that came Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Someone with QTS must then spend a year as an NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher - and satisfy a local education authority (LEA), through the auspices of the induction programme at a school, that the NQT is suitable to teach. The difference is that one can get several bites of the apple when it comes to getting a PGCE, but the NQT year is a one-time-only thing. Either you make or you don't and if you don't you are forever barred from teaching at any level. So today was important.

Posted by david at June 20, 2005 08:02 PM

YAY! Congrats.

Posted by: Huw Raphael at June 20, 2005 09:18 PM

That is great news! congratulations!

Posted by: Clifton D. Healy at June 20, 2005 09:38 PM

Congratulations, I know that's a load off your mind.

Posted by: erin at June 20, 2005 10:35 PM

Congratulations, David! We're so proud of you, and grateful to God for His blessing! Way to go!!

Posted by: Beckye Estill at June 21, 2005 04:49 AM

Excellent news ! No surprise, mind !!

Posted by: Elizabeth at June 21, 2005 07:23 AM

Thanks to you all for your kind words and thoughts.

Posted by: Dave at June 22, 2005 08:26 PM