There is always an apprehension felt by graduate teachers who wonder how they will be welcomed as ‘neophytes’ by experienced staff and leaders of schools to which they are appointed. While many are pleasantly surprised by the welcome they receive and the support they are given, there are others whose worst fears are founded. It is important that teachers and leaders welcome new staff and avoid offering icy reception.

School leaders for the most part must also recognise their graduate teachers have been immersed in the latest of theoretical propositions, but not greatly in the practical aspects of classroom management and teaching. Allowing them to share their university gained expertise and offering mentoring to support practical needs is surely a wise way forward.

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