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Tips for new teachers to succeed at the start of term

As teachers begin to start a new academic year, it can feel like there is a lot to prepare for and it may be a bit overwhelming.

To help you feel more relaxed and get organised, Yorkshire Education has created the following tips.

Keep work at work It is common for teachers to work from home with marking and planning, but it is important to make sure it doesn’t take over your home life. Try and spend at bit of extra time at school to get these tasks completed so that when you leave you have time to switch off. In some ways, it is easier for supply teachers to do this as they tend not to do planning and preparation. They turn up and deliver the work that is set. Find out more about how to see supply teaching as a career.

Plan in time for a rest Having time to rest is important as it helps you refocus. During the day, lunch breaks are a good opportunity to get out the building and take a walk. Mentally, it is helpful to get a distinction between the morning and afternoon to support your emotional wellbeing. If getting out isn’t possible, then going to a staff room or another part of school is beneficial to get a change of setting from the classroom.

Make time get a meal from the café area with a group of colleagues to get some social interaction and help balance the day. Find time to keep doing your hobbies and interests Maintain a good work life balance and set time aside to keep doing the activities you enjoy whether it is a hobby or spending time with family and friends. These help us feel good about ourselves.

A new term is particularly busy getting to know new faces and set routines. As time goes on, students are likely to settle into good habits. Regularly meet with your mentor or line manager During work you will have a mentor, line manager or close colleagues you can get advice from, and it is helpful to have a regular chat with them to keep a correct view on how your work is going. It provides an opportunity to offload any concerns with a trusted person to give you a reality check and put it all into perspective.

If you are a teacher with experience and you are interested in receiving regular opportunities for work, please contact us now as we would love to hear from you.


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