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Enjoying my induction

An important part of any Induction period is getting involved with the rest of the school. Paul Ross has been doing just that.

Physics Teacher, St Columba's High School, Perth and Kinross

I don't care who is listening, I'm going to say it: "I am enjoying my induction year". And I'm getting plenty of sleep too.

Why am I enjoying it?

I appreciate that if these factors had not been a reality then my experience may have been much different, but the reason this is a great experience is that teaching is so much fun.

A great school

I'm at a great school where there is a real positive ethos to learning and discipline, thanks to a strong senior management team led by a highly visible and approachable rector.

My supporter

My supporter (who is my Principal Teacher) is incredibly supportive and has his department running like clockwork. Any resources I need (and there are many as a physics teacher) are readily available, reducing the burden of preparation. New ideas are welcomed and trialled, with the hope that they improve the pupils' learning experience.

The timetable

My timetable is generous, 17 x 53 minute periods. This leaves considerable preparatory time, CPD time, and the opportunity to help out with school activities.

Part of the team

I'm made to feel part of the school staff rather than a transient who is only there to be tolerated until I go. And I do not want to go.

Being a part of the school

A chance to influence and enhance (with considerably mixed success) the lives of so many people is a privilege that few professions can provide. The money is not great at the moment but the job satisfaction makes up for it in spades.

Other things that have helped me settle in is making myself ready and available for anything: school discos (great fun); staff social occasions; even a day trip to Alton Towers leaving at midnight (I didn't volunteer for that one).

I help out at an Eco Group (for Eco Schools), the Friday film group (High School Musical anyone?) and as a result have been asked to progress the schools' Traid Craft plans. My theory is that the more beds you get into the harder it is to kick you out...

There are few negatives as far as I can see, however the uncertainty over job prospects at the end of the year is a continual worry especially with three mouths to feed, compounded by having a wife who is also a probationer.

With that I have to keep repeating that good old Scottish adage "What's for you, will no pass you!". So far, teaching is definitely for me.