“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
End of the Year
You have made it, the new member of staff has made it (hopefully!) and you’ve likely been through so much together.
No matter how good, bad or ugly the year has been next year can be even better especially if you learn from the mistakes. Do not be afraid to reflect with staff on why things went in a different direction, how they succeed and what you can do next year to be even better.
You need to show your staff that you have appreciated their efforts this year, especially if they have had a difficult year. Write them a card, buy them a bottle of wine, some flowers or vouchers for something they like. The card that you write needs to be personable, it needs to state why you appreciate them. What did they do that you really noticed? If you can’t think of anything, ask their team or line-manager.
At this point you need to reflect on the year. As we did with the wellbeing survey in the previous section here you need ways how you can improve next year. You have not been in every place, in every situation… so ask the people who have. Do this through an anonymous survey and be open to suggestions you may not like.
Settled and Complete
As already stated, your induction does not stop, even now, if the member of staff is still struggling. This may be the most difficult time coming up as their support network is going home or going on holiday.
It is important you check in with new staff, who are now your experienced staff as you have a new intake of new staff, next year.
End of Year Survey
Offering an end of academic year survey is a great way to solicit feedback from the staff who have been working in the classrooms every day. They will have insights which you just will not have. Value their opinion and ask for some feedback.
This is also another time where you can judge the wellbeing of your staff.
It is also the time when you need to check that your new staff are full settled in, if you have not done so already.
Here is an example survey you could sent.
Take a Break
Whilst many of us are perfectionists and want the best every time, it is imperative that you take some time away from school, away from your staff and ‘recharge your batteries!’ Turn off your phone, set an away setting on your email and spend time with people who mean the most to you. This way you will be fresher with more energy ready to start this process all over again.
Nobody will ever suggest that this is easy, and thank you for taking the time and putting the effort into helping your new staff settle as best as they can. Not many leaders do this and I want to thank you for taking the time for doing so, your members of staff may not show it but they are so grateful to have such an amazing leader as you at their school.
Good luck and keep being the best leader you can be!