Sharp pencils, seating plans and a big reserve of enthusiasm: how primary teachers prepare for the new term

3rd August 2016 at 11:59
Preparation is key to surviving the first few weeks of the new school year

It may be the summer holidays but primary teachers on the #PrimaryRocks twitter chat are already getting ready for September.

The popular chat, which runs from 8pm to 9pm on Monday evenings (even in the school holidays), this week discussed what individuals considered "essential" to have prepared before school starts back in September.

There was some agreement on the basics - an outline plan for the first few days, weeks, or possibly half term, information on the children, particularly those with special educational needs and display boards ready for children’s work.

But some needs were more basic than others: “enough chairs,” said one contributor.

While others spanned the range from practical to spiritual:

Others simply pointed out the need for a decent rest – a recent YouGov poll for the TES discovered that almost half of teachers will spend two weeks or more on school work during the summer.

But, teachers taking part the popular chat had dozens of other ideas. Here are a few of the favourites:

1. Sharp pencils

2. Gluesticks - with lids

3. Emergency greetings card box

4. Music

5. Enthusiasm and belief



The last one, as they say in the credit card advert, is priceless. 


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