Starting at a New School by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: Starting at a new school

  1. Set clear simple rules and follow them consistently. Make sure they match school procedures.
  2. Keep your lessons simple and full of hard work. Set the tone for the rest of the year.
  3. Ignore anyone, typically pastoral leaders, who try to excuse pupil behaviour. Find staff who deal with it and can support you.
  4. Find out stuff about the pupils in your care, especially difficult ones. It makes it easier to get them onside.
  5. Don’t get too stressed by homework. The only people who are all over homework are the people who don’t have to do it or set it.

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