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Hello all,

 

After Christmas I am starting a new role as KS1 leader in a different school. In the midst of all the Christmas/end of year stuff I am also trying to figure out what to prepare for my replacement and what I need to find out for my new role.

 

Please can you help? It's been 9 years since I started a new job and I can't remember what I needed to know and so much is second nature now. I don't know what I need to know!! Anxious, harassed, me? Yep - well and truly!!

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Right my little tadpole - I have no idea what you really need to know as I am pre-school, so KS1 Leader means nothing to me! Firstly though, I would suggest you re-visit why you applied for this new job you clearly decided you wanted to do it and could do it and they obviously loved you at interview to offer it to you and they think you can do it.

 

Is there someone currently doing this job you admire or someone in the past that you did?

 

Secondly as we move on and settle into a new school, what would we be telling the children? Take things slowly, listen carefully, be friendly everyone wants the best for you, they all want you to succeed.

 

Thirdly, bake something lovely, have it with a cup of tea and get your TDL out! start with the simple things.

 

Good luck Froglet.

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Congratulations on the new job! Exciting but stressful understood but you wont be expected to do everything at once!

 

Maybe you can spend a day in your new class or maybe it is too busy at your school? Can you ask the new teacher to spend some time with you? Do you work in a team so someone else will know the ropes?

 

You need to leave everything up to date and ready to go, just as if you are preparing for a new term but without the safety of a holiday to tie up any loose ends. Keep things simple but fun in this busy run in school now to enable you to have the energy to get your records straight etc.

 

Enjoy the rest of this term, enjoy the holiday, have a rest and worry about the new job when you get there!

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The new teacher is coming in for a couple of days and I am going to my new school for some time (on different days!) I'm not worried about the leadership aspect - they know I'm new to the role and I'll learn as I go along. It's the practicalities of things like curriculum maps, details of interventions and strategies to use with SEN children. I'm leaving my replacement my planning overview for the year, details of Tapestry, assessment to date, MEPs and IEPs. In general I'm leaving all the paperwork related to my assorted curriculum subject leader roles.

 

For my new place I've asked for planning info as that's what I'll have to do on my own over the Christmas holidays. I think I need to get the timetable of things like PE slots, PPA etc so I can arrange my week. I need to come up with some nice things to do on the first day. I've already done 'all about me' stuff when I went for a transition morning in the summer. In my current school I often do Christmas thank you letters but this is a much more culturally mixed school and I'm not sure if that would be appropriate.

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very culturally mixed here - we do thank you letters to adults who have looked after us in the holidays, swiftly followed by New Year Resolutions (otherwise known as setting personal targets!).

 

As long as you have a plan for the first few days that you can roll out or jetison as necessary you'll be fine.

 

I bet you'll know the children for yourself within the first fortnight, and you're right - the practicalities of the timings are the most essential things to get straight for your own peace of mind - no one wants to be late for assembly on day one!

 

I think changing job as an experienced teacher is harder than as an NQT, because people don't tell you as much, not because the don't care but they think you'll already know - so ask, ask and ask!

 

Good luck with the run up to Christmas, and then new year, clean start. Have fun!

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First things first, many congratulations on your new post.

Now, onto other stuff.it sounds like you are pretty well organised anyway, and it's good that you are getting visits and able to visit. Do you have a training day on the first day, this can help you out by meeting other staff and if you have one, a year group colleague. Is there a TA?

Can you get a timetable for your new school, so you know for example if they do literacy and numeracy in a particular order. Records of where they are at in their learning will help, and you will soon get to know any SEND planning. First day it's fine to talk about the holidays, Christmas, and your outgoing teacher should be able to tell you if any families don't celebrate Christmas at all.

It's hard going starting a new job in January, I've done it a few times, but first and foremost you need to enjoy your time off and charge your batteries, and second, your priority is getting to know your class and your colleagues. Then things will fall into place over the first few weeks.

 

Good luck, do let us know how it all goes.

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Thank you again and again for the reassurance.

 

I like the thank yous for people who have looked after us and New Year's resolutions ideas. I have met all the staff on multiple occasions - it's a different authority so they started back before I did and I went to their INSET day. There is a full time TA in the class (oh the luxury!) so I know that there will be someone to point me in the right direction if needed.

 

It is hard starting in January - harder than I expected. I've done it several times before but they were back in the days when there was a January intake of reception children so everything was new to them too.

 

I just have to keep telling myself that all will be well.

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Hi!

Congrats first!!

 

Secondly the new school is currently functioning I expect with a class timetable the children are used to and organised PPA slots, there are staff where they need to be when they need to be...unless of course you have been employed to sort out utter chaos. I'd say change nothing until you get the measure of what is their normal expectation and then see what needs to be changed in September.

Just focus on the curriculum content and how you will teach the new primary curriculum. There must be someone who is verseeing this as it's new for everyone don't forget. You'll be in the company of many.

 

All you need to leave are your children's records and tracking data upto date and a reasonablt tidy classroom.

 

Now go enjoy the end of term.

Cx

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