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Relationships with colleagues

Relationships with colleagues have a huge impact on our working lives. The staffroom is more than just a place for tea and biscuits - here, you will make friends and get to know your school.

The relationships you form with staff, students, parents and governors can make all the difference in the early stages of your career. 

Starting out

As a new teacher, you are trying to make a good impression, understand the school culture and work out who’s who. These are a few points to help with this:

Take your time: you don’t have to suss everyone out.Beware of being isolated within a department which may stop you forming other helpful relationships, notably with other new teachers.If you do notice cliques, try to stay neutral. It is important not to get drawn into internal disputes.Try not to allow your enthusiasm to be dampened by others’ negativity – you need to retain positive energy for your teaching.Help others when you can: people will respect someone they can rely on and will be more likely to return the favour.At break time, it is worth observing the ‘staffroom etiquette’.  For example, be careful not to use someone else’s mug or sit in someone’s ‘special’ chair. This sounds trivial but could help you to avoid getting off to a bad start with your colleagues.Well-established staff can sometimes feel threatened by change or new ideas. Acknowledge the skills and expertise of your more experienced colleagues, but don’t forget that your view matters. Have the confidence to voice your...