Having passed October’s official resignation date, there will be many teachers looking for a fresh start in a new school this January. For whatever reasons you may be starting a new teaching job in a new school, whether the former school wasn’t the right fit, or you’re relocating somewhere, starting a new teaching job can be a daunting process.
But don’t worry! We are experts in making sure teachers are matched with the best schools for them, so if you’ve got your school ready to go, just take note of these 5 essential tips for starting a new teaching job. If you don’t have a place just yet, don’t worry, we can make sure you have a wonderful team to join in January!
Tip #1 – Get to know your new schedule properly. Teachers may run on the same general timetable across the country but every school is unique within, meaning you will always have a new timetable or system to learn whenever you’re starting a new teaching job. Make sure your first few weeks are getting to know where you need to be and when. Jot it down, ask around, or make a mental note – whatever works for you, just make sure you don’t forget it!
Tip #2 – Planning is everything! As a teacher, you will most likely have a natural flair for planning, down to planning lessons, school trips, presentations and more. This will come in handy when you start your new teaching role as it will make everything go smoother and easier. Making sure that you know your lesson plans inside out will help you not only be more effective as a teacher but will give you more time, skills and knowledge to develop further into your role.
Tip #3 – Get to know everybody. As a teacher, you will know that there are learning opportunities everywhere and that teaching is a two-way street, meaning you can learn from every friendship you make in a new place! Getting to know every pupil, member of staff and school employee will help your new beginning a smooth transition and will leave a lasting impression on everyone you meet.
Tip #4 – Remember you are teaching more than your subject. As a teacher starting a new teaching job, you might fixate on the things that need to be done, as you should! But it can sometimes be forgotten that you are not only shaping maths, science and language skills etc, but also shaping our future society. Make sure that you put your best foot forward as a positive and inspirational role model with taking on your new role with the best attitude possible.
Tip #5 – Don’t forget you are surrounded by other teachers. Whether it’s your first years of teaching, or you’re a seasoned educator, starting a new job will include a new routine, new faces, new rules, and loads of new opportunities, which means you will be taking in a lot! Remember that you will be surrounded by people that will be able to advise you on the aspects of your new workplace, role, and everything else around you.
Starting a new teaching job will be a lot of learning, getting to know people and finding your place in your new surroundings. Keeping an open mind to everything that your new teaching experience will bring you the ability to make the most of it, including professionally developing yourself to be the best teacher and setting you up for, or continuing, a great teaching career.