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How to Succeed as a Newly Qualified Teacher

Learn management strategies and skills to support yourself as a newly qualified teacher in your first teaching post and beyond.

5,725 enrolled on this course

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How to Succeed as a Newly Qualified Teacher

5,725 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Prepare yourself for the challenges and opportunities of life as a new teacher

Designed by educational experts at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Education, this course will support you in the transition from teacher training to being a newly qualified teacher.

You’ll develop your abilities in independent critical reflective practice and learn ways to manage your workload to support yourself in your new role.

You’ll consider the potential issues you may face as a new teacher so that you feel ready to face the challenges of this rewarding career.

You’ll also create a teaching career-plan and learn the importance of celebrating your personal successes.


  • Week 1

    How to transition from a student to a new teacher?

    • An introduction to new teachers

      We hear from new teachers who have just completed their first year and consider initial worries and excitement

    • What are the main challenges?

      New teachers explain some of the challenges they have faced and how these can be learning opportunities

    • Who can support you in your journey?

      Consider how you can build a support network to help you with any challenges

  • Week 2

    How can you develop your identity as a new teacher?

    • What are the best things about being a new teacher?

      New teachers tell us what the best aspects are and we consider how much there is to look forward to

    • What will be your identity as a new teacher?

      We consider the teacher you would like to be

    • What positive contributions do new teachers bring to schools?

      New teachers can bring so much to schools and we consider what your contributions might be

    • Planning for a successful year as a new teacher

      We consider realistic expecations and plans for your year ahead

  • Week 3

    How can you tackle challenges and celebrate your successes?

    • What are the challenges new teachers face?

      Following on from Week 1, we explore the specific challenges you might face and whether you can pre-empt these

    • What is resilience?

      Reslience is a term that is used a lot. We explore how it specifically relates to new teachers

    • What support can help you overcome challenges?

      We explore specific roles within schools and how different colleagues help in different ways

    • Continual development and lifelong learning for new teachers.

      Continuing Professional Development (CPD) comes in many different forms and we consider what might be most useful for you as a new teacher

    • Success as a new teacher

      We hear from new teachers describing their most successful moments and consider your own hopes and aspirations

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop skills in personal reflection as a transition to becoming an independent, qualified teacher.
  • Apply strategies to manage workload, performative pressures and gain support to survive as a new teacher.
  • Explore ways of celebrating personal success and developing a teaching career plan.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for all new teachers, whether you’re a primary or secondary teacher, or you teach in other settings.

This course will provide you with support for the transition from the training phase to being a new teacher in school.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Education and have been teaching more years than I care to remember!
I love all things in education technology and trying to predict how teaching will develop in the future.

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Education at Manchester Met. I love working with students of all ages and watching them learn new things. No day is the same and you never know what is going to happen next!

I’m a Senior Lecturer Education at Manchester Met. I love helping students develop their confidence and I have a particular interest in the emotional dimensions of teaching and learning.

Who developed the course?

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Met University has a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge and make higher education as accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.

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  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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