For Teachers: A Guide To Knowing Your New School!

A move to a new school doesn’t just mean new people it means new policies to learn and new practices as well and if you have landed a great job in the same school you did your teaching practice in, you will already know the staff and ethos which will massively work in your favour. First impressions don’t just last they shape how people react to you and you want to make sure that while you give a great impression, it’s you and not who you think others want you to be. Plan your route to your new job and make sure you are on time. Put yourself out there in the staff room and get to know more than just your department because if you have spent months trawling for maths teaching jobs then you will need to get to know everyone to get yourself ingratiated in the school dynamic. Join in any social activities and get to know your colleagues. Obviously don’t go mad on a night out and get hammered on the first ever social, but do go and be social. Enjoy yourself and try not to be shy.

Every school has its own policies so spend time learning them all on the surface. This can be daunting but getting to know these policies earlier means that if there any hidden ones you can root those out quickly and learn them too. The move from trainee teacher to professional means that the routines and ideals you had as a student teacher may no longer work, especially if you are looking to climb the ladder in the school and work your way up. Looking for a new job is always a mountain to climb and when you finally find science teaching jobs, if that’s what you are looking for, your first job is your first impression. The sooner you get to know your new colleagues and learn the lay of the land for your new school the more efficient you will be. Working in a school can feel like being one of the classroom again and the ‘getting to know you’ portion is always nerve-wracking.

You will be expected to stand on your own two feet and although your colleagues will be there to give you advice and a helping hand with certain procedures, they won’t be babying you along.

You will have a sharp lesson to learn of your own if you get caught short not having read the policies correctly. Take lead from your department head and get to know how everyone in your area of subject works. Getting to know what your colleagues do in terms of communications will really help you go a long way with settling in and being quickly accepted as a new part of the team.

Ultimately, your new school is there to support you but the faster you find your feet the better off you will be!