It is likely your Autumn term will begin with an inset day or two, to get your team back into a creative mindset. ECTs are unlikely to have attended inset days previously due to university timetabling and may be unaware of the routines and expectations. Manage expectations proactively by sharing the location, timings of the day and if lunch is provided. A simple expectation such as dress code for inset days can be a source of anxiety for new starters.
Many new teachers will visit the school during the summer holidays to prepare their first classroom, although encouraging staff to have a relaxing holiday away from school should be a priority. Ensure all possible classroom display resources are readily available for your ECTs: backing paper, wall stapler and staples, correct classroom equipment and furniture as well as any display policies you may follow school wide.
We have created a non-exhaustive checklist to help make your ECT transition as smooth as possible:
ECT Mentor’s contact details.
Organised contact days (if possible).
Classroom environment resources.
Inset Day information shared.
Policies and procedures shared.
Personal details for contract information.
Set up on your school’s communication system.
Organise timetable for ECT time and mentoring sessions.