What a first class year for rookies

23rd May 2003 at 01:00
The first year in class is tough, so newcomers need all the support they can get. Three probationers and a mentor talk to Karen Shead about their experiences

Joan Frampton, 27, a home economics teacher, is coming up to the end of her probationary year at Tain Royal Academy, Highland 'When you are doing your training you don't really spend long enough in the school to get to know it properly, so the probationary year allows you to get much more involved and really gives you the opportunity to see how everything works.

The 0.3 non-contact time has also been a tremendous help in broadening my teaching experience. It allows you to look into new areas that you haven't been able to develop before. And with a study programme you get the opportunity to cover just about everything you need to.

Time is always an important factor, but knowing that you have to record everything and that a report is being made, you make the effort and do all you have to do.

Having a mentor and weekly meetings has been really helpful. In these forums you can discuss any issues that happen to come up and you can talk about each day in the classroom and about strategies for coping.

Also, during the probationary year other people come in and watch you teaching. This is not as frightening as your lecturer coming into your class; even so, it's still a bit daunting at first, but I think it's a good idea. And because I am teaching every day and getting feedback, I am feeling more confident.

This has been an invaluable and positive experience.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today