For most, the new academic year will bring a new set of pupils with personalities to discover, needs to assess, learning to plan, and expectations to establish. For others, September might bring a new professional responsibility or key stage specialism. Or perhaps even a new job at a different school with new colleagues, procedures and policies. 

Whether you teach primary, secondary or in higher education, this can be a fitting time to reflect on your teaching year and consider how you might improve the next:

  • Learning plans – Many take this opportunity to complete work that might prove more time-consuming during term-time, like planning detailed units of learning or special lessons.
  • Developing your practice – Some practitioners might resolve to create a realistic marking timetable or join a local TeachMeet to share new ideas. 
  • Planning – Teachers have different techniques according to their own preferences and policies of their school, but it’s always worth searching online for inspiration. 
  • Organisation – Good equipment and taking time to set up effective systems is guaranteed to save time throughout the course of the year.
  • Establishing expectations – It’s helpful to consider your expectations from students and how you will communicate them.
  • Professional Development – Ongoing development and professional collaboration can also save time, e.g. learn about new approaches, best practices and more effective ways of working.
  • Classroom management – Some may wish to use technology to maximise the benefits of technology-led learning. Solutions like NetSupport School can support teachers with everyday classroom management and help with tasks such as send all learning resources from their own PC to multiple pupil devices in just a few seconds.

For more detailed information on preparing for the new academic year, click here.