Building Relationships in Your NQT Year by @TLPMrsF

Name: Rebecca Foster
Twitter: @TLPMrsF
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: English
Position: Lead Practitioner
5 Bits of Advice About:  Building relationships

  1. Smile and say hello. This applies to students entering your classroom or colleagues you pass in the corridor.
  2. Persevere. That class you’re finding a real handful right now could end up being your favourites before the year is done.
  3. Go to a few school shows etc. Don’t forget to tell students that you saw them and thought they were great (watch even the surliest year 11s try to supress a smile of pride).
  4. Observe your colleagues. Not only is this invaluable for seeing what’s going on outside of your own four walls but it’s great for developing a professional dialogue.
  5. Go to the pub. Go on.

Being a Good Colleague by @rlj1981

Name: Rachel Jones
Twitter name: @rlj1981
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Classics and Computing
Position: Assistant Director of Studies
What is your advice about? Being a good colleague

1: Teachers are oddly attached to their mugs. Don’t be the one who takes someones special mug from the staffroom. This sounds ludicrous but is very true.

2: Hurried corridor conversations are best followed up with a quick email to confirm what you/they said you need to do. This saves confusion.

3: Don’t fan the flames of discontent in the staff room. You work in a school not revolutionary France, you can’t overthrow the regime, but you can work to change it.

4: Sometimes everyone needs a boost. Rather than ignoring those who are clearly having a bad day, makes them a cup of tea. Little gestures can really help.

5: Turn up on time for lunch duties and other obligations. Folk are relying on you, don’t let them down.

Relationships by @ganz776

Name: mn
Twitter name: @ganz776
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): D&T
Position: Deputy Head
What is your advice about? Relationships

1: Relationships are key to engaging students in positive behaviour. If you do not know the students they are not as likely to respond positively.

2: If you have a positive relationship with students,  they are more likely to be ‘on-side’ when you want to talk to them about their behaviour.

3: If you show interest in students and who they are. They are more likely to be interested in what you have to say.

4: Never lose your temper, keep calm, addressing the behaviour not the child. Keep a positive (but firm) tone when required.

5: Being assertive and positive is possible, you can confront without being confrontational. This will be most successful when students know and trust you.

Making Friends (and Alienating People) by @thatboycanteach

Name: None given
Twitter name: @thatboycanteach
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Assistant VP
What is your advice about? Making Friends (& Alienating People)

1: Don’t befriend everyone on Facebook (other social media sites are available) before you’ve even started working at a school. Enough said.

2: Be you. You will attract people who like you the way you are. Share your interests – turns out other people are into the same geeky stuff as you are.

3: Be friendly (duh). But not insufferably – read other people’s feelings and emotions and take it easy (Rome wasn’t built in a day).

4: Be sincere about your job. Generally teachers like teachers who care about teaching – it’s a good look.

5: Don’t be the staff room whinge. No one really likes that guy – they’re not listening or silently agreeing, they’re just plotting their escape.

College Processes by @Functionalise

Name: Amanda Kelly
Twitter: @Functionalise
Sector:  FE
Subject: Maths
Position: Learning Manager
5 Bits of Advice About: College processes

  1. Make friends with the Administration team, they will help you find your way round the various administration processes.
  2. The register is a legal document…treat it like one!
  3. Attend team meetings, especially if your post is fractional. The job is easier if you know what else is happening and have connection with the rest of the department.
  4. The art of delegation is a great one to master but keep track of tasks that you have passed on…when SLT want a progress report it is you they will ask!
  5. FE can be last chance saloon for some learners & they make errors in judgement – don’t judge them for their mistakes but steer them in the right direction.

Building Relationships by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous
Twitter: None given
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: MFL
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: Building relationships

  1. Mark their work. Often!
  2. Give a consequence, then move on.
  3. Phone parents with positive things fast. Gives you higher leverage later when the follow up may not be so positive.
  4. Be consistent in your application of systems.
  5. Smile. Enjoy what you’re doing- it’s infectious!

Relationships With Support Staff by @StuartLock

Name: Stuart Lock
Twitter: @StuartLock
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: Maths
Position: Headteacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Building relationships with support staff

  1. Smile, get to know, and be nice to those in the office. You will need their discretionary effort, including holding off parents or advice about the school, at some point.
  2. Smile, get to know, and be nice to those in resources/ photocopying. You will need their services regularly, and discretionary effort at some point.
  3. Remember that colleagues who aren’t teachers are still your colleagues. Do not unwittingly exacerbate any teacher/ non-teacher divide.
  4. Value non-teaching staff in pastoral positions, they’re certain to bail you out of a tricky situation at some point.
  5. Don’t be afraid of asking if there is someone who can help you with things that are not classroom based (e.g. typing, resource creating, etc).