Starting out

13th July 2007 at 01:00
Before you close the book on this term, reflect on your success and celebrate, says Sara Bubb

Congratulations. You've survived the first and hardest year of teaching and you'll never forget those children you've taught: I treasure the photo of my Year 4 class from light years ago and can remember everyone's names.

But before term ends there are two important things to do. Firstly, remind, chivvy and, if necessary, nag the induction tutor and head into sending off the last induction assessment form. This one doesn't involve any writing if you've met the standards it just needs signing by all three of you. Your "appropriate body" makes the final decision and passes your name to the General Teaching Council. Next term you'll be sent your induction certificate, so make sure people know your address.

You also need to finish your Career Entry and Development Profile. Look back to how you felt in September and I bet you hardly recognise yourself. With your induction tutor, review this year and think about the next. The first question is probably the most thought provoking: "Thinking back over your induction period, what do you feel have been your most significant achievements and what brought them about?" What will you say? Most people don't know what helped them get better, but your induction tutor's overview of your progress will help.

Give constructive feedback on how the school's induction provision has worked. There are many saints that do a splendid job for new teachers, so boost them publicly. The more kudos that mentoring new staff has, the better. If you've had a dire time, you need to speak up in school and through the local appropriate body so that future teachers get a better deal.

Thinking ahead to next year, what professional development will you need? Don't forget to keep an eye on your career path so that you make the right choices about opportunities. There'll be lots of them. Then it's celebration time enjoy that well-deserved holi ***

Sara Bubb's Successful Induction for New Teachers will be published in September by Paul Chapman

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