Moving school has advantages
Support is the key to getting through induction and a change of key stage.
My new colleagues are sensitive and supportive. They offer advice when I ask for it, are there when I call, and don't mind that I am still trying to get my head around the huge differences between a small infant school and a large secondary.
Time is one of the biggest changes I've noticed. I used to get one afternoon a week and got loads done. Now I get an hour here and there between lessons, which doesn't give me much time for marking or preparation. I find myself working on the computer and hauling all my marking and resources home when I'd prefer it to be the other way round.
No matter what the challenges, I have no regrets about moving schools. The reaction of a pupil when they achieve is as gratifying whether they are four or 14.
Sarah Banks teaches DT food technology, and health and social studies at Severn Vale school in Gloucester