Saturday 2 September 2017


Ever wondered what it's like for a teacher at the start of a new term? Our secret correspondent Mrs McG gives us the inside story!

Mrs McG says:
Here's the secret - the night before returning to school after the summer holidays, teachers up and down the country are in bed, wide awake, for most of the night. The feeling of excited anticipations mixes with anxiety and dread... 'What if I've forgotten how to teach?' 'What if the parents don't like me?' 'What if the pupils hate me?' After what feels like the longest night ever, you're up, checking over all the resources and equipment you've prepared. For six weeks you've lived in jeans and t-shirts, but now it's time for something more professional... oops, must have put on more weight than you thought during that holiday in Majorca! Resolution: No more munching biscuits in the staff room!

You arrive at school and are greeted by colleagues chatting about the holidays, who has got engaged and all the latest gossip. You notice the new teacher quietly staring at her phone and go across to say hello. The head teacher arrives and the atmosphere changes; staff briefing begins, introductions are made and plans for the year outlined. The feeling of dread is back. It's going to be a nightmare - Ofsted are due, exam results weren't as good as expected, so much work needs to be done.

Now the school is buzzing with activity. There is a beautiful sea of excited faces and a few anxious pupils too, all new shoes and uniforms. Parents congregate outside your door, eager to tell you anout their child's needs and who they should/ should not sit beside. Close the door and it's just you and your new class - they're usually shy to start with, but soon you'll get to know each other. By the end of the week, your anxieties are fading and you're having fun, hitting your stride, and yes, OK, counting down to the October break! Summer is a very distant memory.

No matter how young or old you are, the first day back at school is always a bit of a worry - for teachers, parents and pupils! Schools these days are much better at identifying pupils who are finding the new start difficult, and there is usually a pastoral care department that will ensure those pupils get a little extra help. Mostly, they are settled by the end of the first week, though for a few the transition may take a little longer... but with the help of the teachers, most problems will soon be ironed out. Here we go - happy new term!

Cathy says:
I love this... Mrs McG has done a great job of showing us the teacher's view of things, and it puts things into perspective to see that they have worries too! I think Mrs McG's pupils will be lucky to have her as a teacher. Do YOU have a fave teacher? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!

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