We know that starting a job during the middle of the year can be tough, you’ve got a lot to do and not much time to get it done in. Don’t worry, we’ve come up with this guide (and some top-tips) which will save you time and help you focus on making the first crucial weeks of your new job a success so you can provide the stability and continuity crucial to the success of your pupils.
Before You Start – Get the facts
You have a lot to learn when starting a new job, so it is important to prioritise the essential knowledge that will give the opportunity to learn the rest as you go. Before you start you should know:
- School details, dates and timings: Where you are going and when you are expected to be there. Your consultant will help you with all the relevant details.
- Timetable: Ideally the school will provide you with details of your schedule in advance of starting. If not this should be given to you first thing on the day you arrive.
- Processes and procedures: Everything from taking the register and the behaviour policy to going to the loo. This should be priority information to learn on your first day if not earlier.
- Behaviour Policy: Read the policy, then ask another teacher to tell you what they think are the most important things to know about it. Then have the same conversation with a different teacher. If the two teachers’ interpretations of the discipline plan differ, go to your contact and do one more final check. If there is still no clarity call your consultant and they will take it up for you.
- Photocopying and Supplies – What’s the deal and who is in charge (they could become a powerful ally!)
- Lunch: For you and the pupils – everybody has to eat!
- Curriculum: Try to find out where your pupils have got to this year. Ideally, there will be notes, if not ask another teacher. If no one knows, use your first classes to ask the pupils in the form of questioning, tests or even quizzes.
Remember your consultant will have worked with the school before and have answers to lots of these questions, get in touch with them and a lot of your questions will be answered straight away!
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