How to join the culture club

Getting to grips with your new school’s ethos is one thing you can't train for, but it can make or break your NQT year, says Ben Davey

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Starting school as an NQT is not really so different from the first time you started school at four years old. On your first day, you will be nervously trying to learn the systems while eyeing up potential friends. No amount of training can prepare you for this: understanding and fitting into the school culture is tough for everyone.

While your interview may have given you a glimpse of what the culture might be like, you’ll only get to know the school’s ethos intimately once you are working there. And you cannot rely on generic knowledge of schools in the area: each one is different. For ...

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