New staff won’t know your school policies by osmosis

A failure to properly induct new starters – no matter how experienced – on your school’s specific behaviour strategy can spell trouble, says Jarlath O’Brien

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Let’s start with an easy task. Think of the induction you received when you started the post you’re in now, and score it out of 10.

Easy, right? Hopefully it’s at least a 7/10, but, unfortunately, some of you out there will not have had an induction in your current job at all.

It is also common for teaching assistants and other support staff to receive no form of induction beyond a rudimentary “Welcome. The toilets are over there; this is where you go if there’s a fire; and you’ll figure the rest out as you go along.”

I remember one evening in my first few weeks as a deputy head, walking ...

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