Is the school involved with external employers, industries, STEM programmes or other initiatives?
It’s great if a school is involved with external organisations or science enrichment programmes. It shows the school values science and there will be extra resources for you to draw on. At the same time, don’t expect to get too involved in them, especially during your NQT period. Your main aim during your induction is to get comfortable with your teaching and it is perfectly reasonable to concentrate on your teaching up to Key Stage 4 before tackling the next Key Stage, let alone get busy with extra-curricular projects. Teachers from the IOP Teacher Support Network strongly advise against any taking on extra projects such as an external science programme link during the NQT year.