The NQT Year


Everything you need to know for beginning your teaching career in Ireland!

Available from ABC School Supplies now!


My first book ‘The NQT Year’ is being published! I wrote the book in 2019 and published it as an ebook last summer but it has been edited and redesigned for publication and will be available in the next week or two.

The book was written to support newly qualified teachers as they begin their teaching journey in Ireland but there are tons of practical tips and ideas in it for all teachers!

Why did I write it?

I have worked as a mentor for NQTs since 2015 and I helped set up the Professional Support Team (Droichead) in my school in 2017. Through my blog and social media (Facebook and Instagram), I have supported countless NQTs and found there was a massive jump from college to becoming a full time teacher. My hope is that this book will give lots of tips and support throughout the NQT year and beyond.

What will you find in it?

The book covers the following areas;

  • Teacher Wellbeing
  • Confidence
  • Jobs
  • Subbing
  • What should I have done before September?
  • The first day, week, month
  • Essentials shopping list
  • Resources
  • Droichead
  • Planning
  • Timetable
  • Thematic planning
  • Collaborative planning
  • Child protection
  • Classroom Organisation
  • Corrections
  • Classroom Management
  • Transitions
  • Differentiation
  • Supporting children with additional needs
  • Working with an S.N.A.
  • Working as a Special Education Teacher (S.E.T.)
  • In class support
  • Assessment
  • Parents
  • The photocopier
  • Staffroom/Staff relations
  • Reports


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