Your first INSET day may feel like an intimidating affair - the staff will be gathered in the staff room, chatting to each other about all the exciting things they did over the summer; you are likely to only know a couple of people from your interview ...
Here are some ideas to help you through your first INSET day.
- Don't dress too smartly - in most cases, it's acceptable to dress casually; if you feel uncomfortable doing this, you could go 'smart casual'.
The embarrassment of being 'suited and booted' when everyone else is in jeans is something you could do without at this stage.
- Be prepared for meetings - it's likely there will be a full staff meeting at some stage during the day, where the head will welcome everyone back, explain promotions and introduce new teachers; there may also be administrative and whole-school issues to deal with, and - if you're a secondary NQT - there may also be a departmental meeting.
- Use any preparation time usefully - if allocated preparation or departmental time, this gives you the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with departmental colleagues or those working near your classroom; do take care over first impressions, though ...
- Start to collect resources - these may include:
- planning templates that may be in use in the school
- your finalised timetable
- class list(s)
- details of any children in your class(es) with SEN or EAL requirements
- copies of schemes of work and/or syllabuses
- sets of books or texts you will be teaching
- materials for displays
- exercise books and paper
- Don't get too organised too soon - it's tempting to start organising things immediately, but it's best to avoid this temptation; things rarely (if ever) run to plan during the first week - simply keep all of your important papers in a folder to deal with later.
- If lucky enough to have one, spend some time in your room, stamping your personality on it - put up a 'Welcome' notice and so on.
- Get your bearings - spend some time walking around, preferably with someone who knows where everything is!