The literature is clear; the burnout rate for beginning teachers is increasing. The first few months of being in the classroom can feel like you are climbing Everest without a Sherpa ( or oxygen support). In turn, the impact on our adrenal system, and constantly being in fight or flight mode, can have dramatic consequences for beginning teachers' wellbeing.
It is therefore important to find moments in your day to pause. Breathe. Clear your mind. And refocus with a positive thought. Practising mindfulness can assist us to deal with the rigours of teaching and increase resilience.
Meeting the Standards
New Scheme Teachers must demonstrate that they have met all 37 of the Proficient Teacher Standard descriptors.
How your school or TAA makes the accreditation decision will vary. Some schools rely solely on paperwork, while others may provide a mentor or coach to observe your practice in the classroom to augment the written, annotated documentation.
The process should be viewed as reflective; encouraging professional dialogue with colleagues abut goal setting, action and review, rather than a performative mindset of jumping through hoops or ticking boxes.
Creating networks for NSTs within and outside of schools can positively impact on the sharing of ideas and foster a culture of collaboration.
Viewing the standards as a series of windows that teachers can use to peer into, observe and reflect on their practice is important.