Having reached about the half way point of my Alternative Route probation period I can fill you in on my experiences. I was thrown completely in the deep end with a full teaching load in January. Your situation may differ from mine as I've been in the one school and will most likely see my probation period through there. If you're able to stay in one post it will take 190 days of full time teaching (provided you meet all the req's), otherwise with short term contracts or supply that'll bump it up to 270 days. Whatever school you're at there's likley to be a depute or teacher in charge of probationers - speak to them asap and seek as much support as you can. I've found that being too proud to ask gets you nowhere so ask as many questions as you need. Be well versed on your requirements, eg. CPD, supporter meetings, observation etc. You will still need to complete these but not as rigorously as the 'regular' route. Start a spreadsheet and keep a record of all your CPD, even if it's just reading or research - this all counts. Try to get someone to observe you teaching (ask them to focus on an aspect/s in particular) and ask that they take some notes on strengths/areas for improvement. Although this is a requirement, I've also found it very enlightening. Must say I FREAKED out at first as the enormity of all this, plus just trying to get through the teaching day, can be overwhelming but as long as you make it a habit to keep records and try to follow the Standard for Full Rego, it'll be fine. May be a completely different kettle of fish with supply, can only speak from a temp post perspetive. Good Luck! P.S. Any querries email GTC (the probationer email) they are very helpful and friendly!
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