The First School Weeks Are Over… Now What?

#UKEdChat session 474 –  There are both pros and cons during the first few weeks of the new academic year. The students, and hopefully the teachers, are usually on their best behaviour where any behaviour issues can be dealt with with the raising of an accusative teacher eyebrow in the direction of the indiscretion. Yet, the pupils are often yet to come out of their shells and offer their full potential during their interactions, and everyone moves ahead slowly and cautiously, staying very much within comfort zones.

The beginning of the year is a crucial time, but so is the period some weeks after the class first meet the teacher, and the tone and direction the class take after the honeymoon period begins to wane will shape the class dynamics for the rest of the year.

In this #UKEdChat discussion, we will examine how to transition from the ‘end of the beginning’ to ensure that it doesn’t feel like the ‘beginning of the end!’


  1. Do you feel there is a ‘beginning of the year’ honeymoon period in your class, and when does it end?
  2. Does how you teaching change from the beginning of the year to later? How?
  3. Are there particular topics your cover or avoid in the first weeks of a new school year? Why?
  4. How do you keep pupil enthusiasm high once they are settled in?
  5. How do you keep your enthusiasm high, and what can senior leaderships do to help?
  6. How can schools help maintain parental and community engagement after the initial weeks on the new academic year?
  7. What are your behaviour management tips for maintaining standards as the new school year progresses?
  8. In the weeks after the start of term, does your school reflect on how successful transition efforts have been? What should be included?

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