Peer to Peer - Make the most of your probationary period

Teachers in their probationary period get the opportunity to ask more experienced colleagues for advice as they begin their careers in Scotland.

Q: I'm often overwhelmed and unsure how to get the most out of my probationary period. Any tips?

Plan your time

Planning is the key to your lessons. It is also essential to make the best use of your CPD time. It is easy to whittle away this time planning lessons, checking emails, surfing the net for resources. Make the most of this unique opportunity and ensure you devote time to observe other teachers' lessons and visit other schools. Learn more about ASN and focus on any of your own development needs.

Build Relationships

It's so important to have successful relationships with everyone - pupils, parents and colleagues. Make an effort to get to know as many people as you can in and out of school. Try to get involved in the whole school community.

Seek advice

If you find yourself covering lots of classes and missing lots of CPD time, don't be afraid to speak up. Seek advice and get things resolved before it all gets too much. The more effective relationships you can maintain with colleagues, the more advice you can seek. Don't be afraid to ask what you consider to be a silly question, chances are you won't be the first to ask it.

Update your profile

It is all too tempting to let deadline day draw nearer, but the easiest way to complete your profile is to update it regularly. Try to allocate a bit of time (half an hour) each week to keep it up to date.

Don't forget 'me time' 

Your induction year will take over your life. Try to set aside one evening a week for yourself and stick to keeping it just for you. Don't give up on hobbies or time with family and friends; these are essential to ensuring a positive work - life balance.