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In the staffroom

It is difficult to generalise about schools and how they operate as there are different social practices in individual staffrooms and schools.

Here are a few points that may help you avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings.

  • Observe established social practices,such as arrangements for buying tea/coffee.
  • Try to mix with all staff, both on a personal and professional level.
  • Try to attend out of school events, especially with other probationary teachers.
  • Avoid open discussion of pupils and their family backgrounds. If there are concerns regarding pupils, speak to their guidance teachers or to the head of department.