Our Favourite Resources for New Teachers

The start of the school year can be both exciting and nerve wracking in equal measures. Whether you are a newly qualified teacher, or have had years of experience, feeling confident and prepared every time you step into the classroom will help you be the best teacher you can be.

Teaching is a job that is ever-changing, and staying on top of best practices as well as committing to your personal development as a teacher means that you will not only be better equipped and more knowledgeable in your role, you'll enjoy it more too.

So what are some of the best resources out there that can help new teachers ensure those first few weeks and beyond go as smoothly as possible? Here are some of our top recommendations:

The best resources for new teachers

Surviving your NQT (also known as ECT) Interview

Qualifying as a teacher is one thing, but getting a teaching job is a different challenge. Interviewing for a teaching role can be nerve wracking, but with this useful guide on how not only to survive, but excel at your NQT interview, you'll feel more prepared and hopefully better equipped to land that dream teaching role.

Edutopia 5pm chat

Twice a month you can join the hashtag #ntchat on Twitter, hosted by education consultant Lisa Dabbs. This friendly conversation can help new teachers connect with more experienced ones, who can offer some seriously good advice, answer questions and just be supportive and encouraging to those new to the profession. Connecting with others is a great way to feel part of the teaching community and to know you are not alone! So this is a great place to start.


If you are looking for a wealth of new teacher resources covering topics such as assessment and grading, accommodations and inclusion, starting the school year, parent-teacher relationships, homework, classroom environment and culture, classroom organisation, lesson planning, professional development, classroom management, teaching methods and strategies, and social emotional learning. This impressive site has resources covering almost every topic that a NQT (ECT) might want some help with.

Education Support

When it comes to teaching excellence, many teachers focus on how to improve their subject knowledge or learn the best behavioural management strategies for the classroom. However, taking care of your own health and wellbeing is just as important. Teaching is a challenging job, and there may be times where you need to check in with yourself, and learn some strategies to improve resilience and avoid burnout. The Education Support site offers some fantastic advice on how to support yourself and your fellow educators to boost your wellbeing and keep you feeling physically and mentally strong.

Horizon Teacher Training

At Horizon Teachers, we offer some fantastic free training workshops to help teachers in the following areas:

  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Introduction to Safeguarding
  • NQT Induction Year Preparation

Our London-based courses are delivered by experienced educational professionals and give excellent advice and tips, delivered at times that work for teacher's busy schedules. These workshops can help you get the best out of your class, feel confident when delivering lessons and understand how to keep your pupils safe and what action to take should a safeguarding issue arise.

Land your dream teaching role with Horizon Teachers!

With the above resources at your fingertips, you'll have an abundance of advice and information readily available to consume at your leisure. These brilliant teaching resources for new teachers will help you learn fantastic strategies for managing your class, understand best practice teaching methods, strengthen your relationships with your colleagues, pupils and their parents, and help you look after your own health and wellbeing too. Of course, our informative blog and FAQ sections are also great spots to discover tips and advice as well as answers to some of the most common teacher questions, so don't forget to take a look at that too. Then head over to the teaching vacancies section and find the perfect teaching role for you!

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