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First Week Back

For most of us, we are two or three weeks into the new school year. Susan has had a chance to think back on the first week and how it went in her new school.

So I turned up, bright eyed, and bushy tailed to the first day. I feel blessed that my new school was one of the lucky schools who went back on the 1st September, not that six weeks holiday isn’t enough or anything.

A whole day of meetings, information and school procedures to learn awaited me, and a room of strangers to sit with. We sat in departments so no mingling with other staff, so my wondering who would befriend me won’t come to fruition as I will meet only PE and friends of PE. So two hours of listening to strangers give the talk on results, expectations and changes to procedures. It’s interesting when the staff taking INSET say ‘we have adapted last year’s policies so I won’t bore you with it all, but these are the changes’. There’s no way you can understand what they are talking about as you weren’t here last year.

I got the wonderful news that I am a Year 11 tutor. My heart sank, it’s the year I would have chosen last, but maybe better than bumbling through with Year 7 who know nothing just like me. So apart from my fellow PE department the only other staff I really met were my tutor team, and they are a close knit community, with six of them continuing with their forms from last year so felt like the idiot asking all the questions in there as well.

So day one complete,  I’ve met the department and a few staff, have a head full of information and ready for pupils later in the week. Random friendly staff do smile, and some say hello and ask how I am getting on. It is a friendly place, and more relaxed than the stresses of the academy I left.

Only year 7 in for the next day, and then I get to meet the delights of my chatty, cheeky and rather tiring form group on Wednesday. They are going to be hard work!

The rest of the week was spent giving introductory lessons to all PE in their first lesson, which is quite handy to be honest as I learnt the most useful information in these talks. By the end of the week I had taught just two actual lessons. BTEC and an awful year 10 table tennis lesson where three girls hid under the tables. I got to grips with detention procedure quickly at least. Welcome to being a new teacher once more, and good luck to the NQTs who have to deal with all this as well as being new to the profession. I can honestly say though, every week it gets easier, the kids get to know you. But stick with high expectations, kids will push and push if they think you will relent, so don’t!

Susan is an experienced secondary teacher who has worked as a supply teacher with our Chelmsford branch.


Tags: SusanW, Chelmsford, Secondary

Category: Australian Teachers


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