The most daunting thing about starting work at a new school is re-establishing yourself. I genuinely believe it is why many some staff end up as ‘lifers’; in a stressful job, being an established member of staff takes away a whole lot of hassle. In a new school, you are a great unknown with no past, no legacy and no reputation. It’s not that different to being the new kid in the playground.
After 5 years growing from a 22 year old NQT to established teacher and Head of House, I started again in a new school as a 2nd in dept and later Head of Year. My first job had provided a steady learning…
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