Familiarise yourself with the schools policies and procedures.  

No school is the same when it comes to policies and procedures so it’s important that this is one of the first things that you familiarise yourself with when you start your new position. It’s especially important that you take the time to read and understand the schools safe guarding policy too. 

 

Build good relationships with parents and families from day one.  

This is especially important if you’re a primary teacher as you’re more likely to see parents / guardians on a regular basis during school drop off and pick up. In the first couple of weeks try to get round to each parent / guardian for a quick hello. The gesture will go a long way and it will give them a great first impression of you and reassurance that their child is in the best hands. 

 

Create connections with those around you such as other teachers and school staff.  

It can always be a bit daunting when you’re the new person so make sure you introduce yourself to other teachers and staff members. Even the ones that you might not necessarily be working closely with, you never know when you might be in need of their help in the future. 

 

Take every opportunity for professional development. 

Your ECT years are the time to really make the most of every opportunity that comes your way and there’s no better way than immersing yourself into school life by getting involved. Think about how you could get involved with extracurricular activities or even set up your own after-school club to run. 

 

Take care of yourself. 

Being a teacher is an amazing, rewarding career but it’s easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself when you’re an early career teacher. From getting to know each of your pupils, managing your workload, lesson planning and much more – it can be a lot to get your head around. It’s crucial to look after yourself and your wellbeing. Remember every teacher will experience bad days but that isn’t a reflection on your ability as a teacher, you’re only human. 

 

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