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Newly qualified teachers looking for inspiration in the classroom can find a wealth of activities and ideas through a new social media resource.

A lecturer and former student at the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education have worked together to develop an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) Pinterest page, which is filled with stimulating ideas from fellow NQTs.

It acts as a forum for new teachers to share teaching methods and activities in order to help them deliver exciting lessons to their pupils.

Genea Alexander, PGCE Primary Course Leader at the University, said: “This initially stemmed from a meeting I had with a student partnership NQT support group, in which we talked about bespoke ways of supporting them as NQTs.”

“It is an excellent resource where all NQTs, not just our graduates, can share their ideas and can gain inspiration for their lessons. It is part of the Institute of Education’s on-going commitment to supporting NQTs and developing the best possible high quality teaching workforce we can.”

The Pinterest board was put together by Worcester graduate Jennifer Swain, who studied Primary Initial Teacher Education and now works at Rosslyn School in Birmingham.

“It is quite challenging coming up with new ideas and lesson plans when your experience is short,” said Jennifer. “Therefore a resource like NQT Pinterest can spark exciting ideas and outstanding lessons can transpire from there.”

The page acts like an online pinboard, which has sub-sections such as ‘all things literacy’ and ‘all things behaviour management’, where different ideas can be pinned. NQTs can then access the resource by following the page from their own Pinterest account and viewing whichever board meets their current needs. They can also email ideas to be uploaded onto the board and this contributes to the resource bank.

“Teachers often like to share resources and our Pinterest pages offer the opportunity to showcase personal good practice, resources or simply fantastic websites,” adds Jennifer.

The NQT page can be found at http://www.pinterest.com/nqtpinterest/.