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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second Here at Manchester Metropolitan, we do everything that we can to support our undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training students to secure their first job and to make sure that they’ve got that newly qualified teacher post. And this year more than ever, there’s been a nervousness amongst our students about starting their first post and whether they’re actually ready. We work really closely with our partnership schools, and we’ve spoken to lots of head teachers, both this year and in previous years, and they are always so excited to have new teachers coming onto their staff. They bring an energy, a freshness, new ideas and just new ways of working to the schools. And they really want them to be part of their staff.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds And this year, perhaps more so than ever, because of some of the challenges that the schools are facing. And they’ve got to have whole new ways of working in some situations. So what I would say to you is try not to be nervous about starting your first post. The head teachers are really looking forward to welcoming you to be part of the staff. And I think this year, there is actually a learning curve for really experienced staff, as well as the new teachers. So it actually gives a different proposition around working together with more experienced staff to come up with new ways of working. Your experience and your newness to the profession will bring a huge addition to that process.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds Particularly because you will have an empathy around some of the experiences that the pupils may have had themselves. So for example, you might have had your own placements cut short. You might have had some of your learning at university switch to being online, which then means that you can relate to some of those things that the pupils might have experienced. And so therefore, where schools are trying to think about how they address the gaps, how they support those pupils to catch up, you will actually be able to see it from their perspective, and perhaps actually bring some ideas and some suggestions that schools might not have otherwise thought of.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds That said, head teachers are fully aware that you may have had some gaps in your own courses, yourselves. So you might have had placements cut short. You might not necessarily have had all the classroom experience that previous new teachers have had. So don’t ignore that. Think back to the last time that you were on placement, the last conversations that you had with your mentors. What were your targets? Where were your areas that you were working? Revisit those and be honest when you start your new post and share those.

Skip to 3 minutes and 3 seconds As we thought about in Week 1, there was a huge support network in a school of people who would like to support you and help you in terms of developing your own experience and your own expertise. And so when you actually know where those gaps are, then you can be pointed in the right direction to get that support. So the key message from this video is to think about, what are your strengths? What is your experience? What are those new energies that you can bring to the school? But also, be honest. Think about where are those potential gaps. Where are you most nervous?

Skip to 3 minutes and 38 seconds And then share those, so that the school can help you to find the right support and to help you catch up, if that is something that they think you need to do.

Why Headteachers want new teachers to join their schools?

In this video, Lead Educator, Ellie Overland, discusses how much Headteachers want new teachers to join their staff and all the energy, enthusiasm and ideas they bring to the school. She also explains the importance of being honest about both your strengths and your targets to develop your practice over the year.

This year presents a particular challenge to the teaching profession and new teacher’s experiences have much to contribute.

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