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Teacher Burn Out: Should I stay or should I go?

Whether you've been at a school a year or a decade, moving onto new pastures can be a tough decision to make. There is often guilt attached to leaving students and fellow teaching staff- but there shouldn't be! More than ever, teachers are leaving the profession they once loved. Before making the leap to a new life outside of teaching, you might want to think about moving on to another year group or even another school. It could reignite that passion and energy for this most rewarding of all vocations.  Just like clouds, every school is different! From one-form entry schools , to inner-city schools to mixed-group village schools, there are so many variables - not be mention different ethos' and leadership styles. Maybe you're ready for a change?  Should I Stay or Should I Go? When answering the below questions, consider what is most important to you and your well-being. Think about how sustainable your current work routine is long-term - you don't want to be burned

NQT Guide to Teaching Year 2

I have recently passed my NQT year as a year 2 teacher (open the champagne!) I've survived observations, SATs, parents evenings, and report writing. I've been very fortunate in my NQT year to have lovely supportive staff members around me and a very experienced teaching assistant who had been at the school for many years. I work at a single-form entry school (pros and cons) and was given a lot of freedom with my topics and books for English lessons.

Advice for newly qualified teacher on year 2 teaching

Beginning of the Year

Assess for phonics, handwriting, and reading levels within the first few weeks to put target groups of individuals in place and interventions if needed. You need to find out from the previous teacher if any children did not pass the phonics test in Year 1 as they will definitely need to extra support and catch up to be ready to re-take next June. Read my post about using your summer wisely for a smoother start to the school year.


newly qualified teacher in year 2 From the start of the school year, you must explain your expectations and decide the best way you can get their attention. Decide what you want them to do when you raise your hand, clap, or countdown. Keep consistent with the school's behaviour policy but add extra rewards or team point sheets for own class incentives.

Medium Term Plans

Don't forget about teaching the foundation subjects - your class deserve the broad and balanced curriculum expected! Check out my TES shop for topic medium-term plans, science unit plans as well as maths and English units.

Useful resources

My class really benefit from our maths area in front of our working wall. The children are able to independently access counters, dice, base 10, number lines, 100 squares, etc to support their learning. There are also challenge questions and reasoning, problem-solving cards for them to use. In little boxes, I laminated and cut out SAT past papers for them to practice too.

primary school maths area resources for children and working wall

Depending on your classroom layout, you may want to keep some resources on the tables. I've used kitchen tidy carries as boxes on tables. These included: common exception words, suffixes, writing checklists, phonics alternative spellings for sounds, key vocabulary for the current topic (laminated of course). All this stuff can be accessed independently and therefore when it comes to SATs, they can check their own spellings, punctuation, etc.


This is a big responsibility to carry. Ease the pressure by familiarising yourself with the TAF documents and make sure you've planned to cover all those key elements by Easter. Of course, still teach everything in the curriculum but somethings can be covered later in the year or earlier depending on the level of difficulty.
Look over the recent past sats papers to see how they are set out and I'd suggest exposing your class to similar style and formatted questions from January onwards, possibly using the maths resources or having those formatted questions as challenges to be stuck into their maths books.
For SATs assessed writing, again look at the TAF and make sure exposed your class to a variety of different writing styles prior to the end of the first Spring half term.

Please feel free to contact me for advice regarding SATs or anything else! Use the contact form on this blog. I hope this has been helpful.


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