Having taught for a number of years, Niomi Clyde-Roberts shares her top tips for NQTs or anyone moving to a new school.
I have written this advice based on what I had to learn (quite quickly) in my early days of teaching. I carried out the GTP route and found that I was thrown into a 90% teaching timetable, which allowed me to implement teaching expectations, very very quickly.
I also changed school last year and started a new role, therefore I know exactly what it is like, starting somewhere afresh and having to hit the ground running.
So… here are a few tips to consider. Hope they are helpful!
- Have high expectations for all of your children. Children achieve so much more when they know you believe in them.
- Establish clear boundaries and strong work ethics within the first couple of weeks/months. Children respect boundaries, firm but fair rules and get used to a consistent structure.
- Build a strong rapport with your class. Know their strengths, weaknesses, personalities and what makes each of them tick!
- Don’t overthink during the holidays, keep yourself busy and stay productive.
- Remember that you are human and that it is natural to be anxious – but try to use some of your anxiety to fuel productivity by being proactive.
- Keep your feet firmly on the ground and work hard!
- Don’t take comments to heart, people will make mistakes. Forgive, forget and move on.
- Not everyone has the same heart as you. What you value, someone else may not. Everyone thinks differently.