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10 months ago by Reeson Education

Setting up Your New Staff for a Successful Academic Year

2308 Onboarding New Staff

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It's that time of year again—the new academic year is just around the corner! 

In the coming weeks, schools everywhere will be gearing up to welcome a new wave of educators and staff, each poised to leave their mark on the lives of eager learners.

Let's dive into how to set your staff up for success!

Building a Foundation for Success

 A Warm Welcome

 Ever started a new job only to feel completely lost? Let's spare your new staff that experience. 

Clear communication is the magic wand here; from introductions to an overview of school policies, procedures, and expectations, lay it all out in simple terms. 

But it's not just about the "what"—the "how" matters too. Share insights into the preferred methods and approaches. Whether it's teaching methodologies, administrative procedures, or collaborative tools, this helps your new staff hit the ground running.


Tailored Onboarding Experiences


Teachers play a crucial role in the education system, and their onboarding experience can greatly impact their effectiveness in the classroom. 

Ensure you provide ample opportunities for new teachers to familiarise themselves with the curriculum, teaching resources, instructional strategies, and assessment methods specific to your school so they feel aligned with the school's goals and objectives. 

Consider assigning a mentor or buddy to new teachers to provide an additional layer of ongoing support and guidance throughout their onboarding process.


Teaching Support Staff

Let's not overlook the unsung heroes who support teachers behind the scenes. Teaching Assistants and Support Staff make an invaluable contribution.

Extend a warm welcome through orientation sessions or workshops that help them get to grips with the school's curriculum, teaching strategies, and classroom management techniques.

Encourage them to engage with teachers, offering their insights and ideas to create a more enriched learning experience.



Administrators are the gears that keep your school running smoothly. 

Encourage your new administrators to attend department meetings and connect with the school community from day one. 

Forming connections within the school will open a goldmine of insights, strategies, and solutions, arming your new administrators with the knowledge they need to make a lasting impact in their role. 


Beyond Onboarding

Relationship Building

Education isn't just about the curriculum; it's also about the relationships formed within the school community.

Organise team-building activities, workshops, or even social events to improve relationships inside and outside of the classroom or office.

Building these strong relationships will help your staff to collaborate more effectively in their roles and ultimately help broaden their perspectives and provide valuable resources for problem-solving and innovation.


Professional Development

A school that facilitates growth is a place where everyone can thrive. 

Provide opportunities for growth, whether it's attending workshops, pursuing certifications, or engaging in collaborative projects.

By investing in ongoing professional development, you can ensure that your staff members are equipped with the latest research, best practices, and innovative approaches to education.

This not only benefits individual educators but also enhances the overall quality of teaching and learning within the school.


Celebrating Milestones and Contributions

From small victories to significant milestones, everyone appreciates recognition.  

Celebrate your staff's accomplishments through staff meetings, school newsletters, or social media platforms.

This acknowledgment serves as both a morale boost and will help shine a light on those who exceed their roles by initiating innovation, supporting community outreach, and enriching the school's culture.

These stories inspire and reinforce the notion that each role is pivotal in the educational landscape.


Ready to make this academic year a resounding success?

Our education recruitment experts are here to help. Whether you need assistance finding the right candidates for your school or guidance on implementing effective strategies, our team is dedicated to supporting your goals.

Reach out today and let's discuss how we can assist your school in building a team of successful and empowered staff.

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