Starting in your first post is likely to be both exciting and daunting! If you have stayed in the same school you will already be familiar with the students and with existing schemes of work, although you may well be planning new schemes of work for particular exam specifications, or adapting your Key Stage 3 scheme of work in the light of new GCSE demands! Moving to a new school may present very different curriculum demands and perhaps new ways of working (with more or less tightly defined schemes of work across the department) and, of course, you are also trying to get to know new students and new school policies.
If you feel that you’ve gone back to the beginning again, the Survive and Thrive guides offer useful reminders of key priorities and fundamental principles. The ‘New, Novice and Nervous’ materials all focus on common challenges in teaching and learning history, and provide a useful guide to articles in Teaching History by practising teachers, explaining how they tacked the issues that you are now wrestling with. The section entitled Cunning Plans is just that: a range of examples of teachers’ plans (usually for schemes of work, but sometimes spanning a whole key stage!) that shows you how they have approached the teaching of a new kind of unit, such as a thematic study, or planned for progression in relation to a particular concept. If you are looking for more general guidance on planning you can find a wider range of resources and advice in the planning sections within each key stage (Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level) and in the comprehensive section on Principles of Planning – all within the Curriculum area of the website.