Essential advice for your first years of teaching in the science classroom, from a recent probationary teacher and her mentor

You’ve done the training, spent time in the science classroom teaching and are armed with all the know-how. Yet the first few years as a teacher are full on and can be daunting, as you learn how to put your knowledge into practice – honing your craft.

In these articles, eavesdrop on recent probationary teacher, Hayley Russell, and her mentor, Laura Scoular, an experienced science teacher in Scotland. Over the course of their conversations they cover everything you could want to know in your early career. From setting up your classroom, teaching your first practical lessons, building relationships with colleagues and planning lessons, they’ve got you covered. And along the way, you’ll also learn the importance of the emergency snack cupboard and giving yourself a pat on the back.