Each year we provide induction training for new post-primary teachers, but what does that process involve? Our Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley, tells us more about it in this blog.
The induction process for new post-primary teachers in Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) is an essential step in ensuring that new teachers are well-equipped to fulfill their roles effectively and to provide the best possible education to their students. This process not only helps new teachers to adapt to their new work environment and to understand the expectations of the school and Donegal ETB, but it also helps the teacher to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their roles.
In Ireland, the Teaching Council has a statutory responsibility for establishing procedures for the induction of newly qualified teachers. Droichead is the integrated induction process for teachers. The purpose of this induction programme is to offer systematic professional and personal support to the newly qualified teacher.
An induction process is important because it helps new teachers to become familiar with the policies and procedures of the school and Donegal ETB. This includes information on how to access resources, how to report student progress, and how to communicate with parents and other stakeholders. By having a clear understanding of these policies and procedures, new teachers are better able to support the students in their care and to work effectively within the school community.
It also helps new teachers to become familiar with the curriculum and the resources that are available to support teaching and learning. This includes information on the curriculum content, assessment practices, and the use of technology in the classroom. By having a clear understanding of the curriculum and the resources available, new teachers are better able to plan and deliver effective lessons that engage and support their students.
Furthermore, an induction process is also important for personal development of new teachers. It helps them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to teach effectively. This includes professional development opportunities such as workshops and mentoring programmes which allows the new teachers to learn from experienced teachers. These opportunities allow new teachers to reflect on their practice, to receive feedback, and to make improvements to their teaching. There are many teaching strategies that make our classrooms more effective including the Instructional Leadership Programme.
Moreover, it is also an opportunity for new teachers to build relationships and to become part of the school community. This includes the opportunity to meet other teachers, support staff, and other stakeholders, and to learn about the culture of the school. Building these relationships is important for new teachers as it helps them to feel supported and to feel like they are part of a team.
The inclusion of information on the ethos and core values of an ETB school is also an important aspect of the process as it helps to ensure that all members of the school community are working together towards a common goal, and that the school’s actions are consistent with its mission and values. Schools have been doing very focused work in creating an awareness of ETB schools as being state, multi-denominational and co-educational.
In conclusion, the induction process for new post-primary teachers in Donegal ETB is an essential step in ensuring that new teachers are well-equipped to fulfill their roles effectively and to provide the best possible education to their students. The process helps new teachers to become familiar with the policies and procedures of the school and the board, to develop the skills and knowledge needed to teach effectively, and to become part of the school community. It also allows them to have personal development, which results in a better educational outcome for the students and positive impact on the school community.