You've finally got the job offer to officially start teaching in September - congratulations! It can feel daunting to think that after all the years of assessments, essays, interviews and much more that that the chapter that you have been working towards for so long is now just the other side of the Summer holidays. 

While you most definitely deserve to relax and enjoy your Summer it is also beneficial to spend some time preparing for September to ensure that you give yourself the best possible start. Here's a few of our handy tips... 

Build your network

If you are joining a school that has an ECT network then you should definitely make use of it. It helps to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with those who are in the same boat as you so that you don't feel alone in your position. If your school doesn't have its own network then there are lots of online groups, particularly on social media, where others will share their advice and top tips. 

Familiarise yourself with the schools policies 

This is one of the most important things that you need to do prior to your start date. This includes thoroughly reading through the safeguarding / child protection policies. You need to familiarise yourself with what processes you need to take should you feel a child is in any type of danger. Remember when in your classroom you are responsible for your students. If there is anything within the policies that you feel unclear on then it's important that you get clarification from the school to ensure you have a firm understanding from the moment you step foot into school. 

Prepare your bag 

Probably a similar feeling to when you were a child at school and you'd get a new pencil case and stationery in the Summer holidays ready for the first day back. Well, now it's time to prep your school bag (and you're probably going to need much more!) Think of all the essentials you might need to hand on a daily basis when you're in the classroom. If you're looking for a good academic diary or lesson planner then The Positive Teacher Company is the place to go.  

 Practice your commute 

It's always handy to do a test run of your commute prior to starting your new job, especially if you aren't particularly familiar with your schools area. The last thing you want on the morning of your first day is to get lost before you've even arrived. Unnecessary stress like this can be avoided with a little preparation!

Have fun! 

Most importantly don't forget to have fun this Summer. Make plans with friends and family, go on holiday, plan fun days out and so on. You've worked so hard to get to where you are now so you most definitely deserve a break before official teacher life and responsibilities begin. 

Did you find this blog post useful? We have lots more handy tips and reads for teachers right here.