Hi hoping to get some well-needed reassurance here ... I've had an interview Friday before half-term and was offered the job of Spanish/French teacher in a secondary school . The job is a maternity cover up to the end of the Summer term. I am starting tomorrow My biggest worry is how to assert myself with the classes I am going to take from the teacher leaving for her maternity leave. I imagine I will spend the first week "breaking the ice" and if you have any tips on how to help me do this , it 'd be more than welcome. I don't want them to see me too much as a "cover "teacher because they might not take me seriously enough and make my life harder than necessary . Also I do not know how many classes I will have , their levels , where they are in the curriculum , if I 'll be a form tutor ( I really hope not) , the list is endless . I don't think the school can expect me to be fully operational after 2 days on these terms . I reckon they will give me a bit of time to get my head around things and to organise myself but then again they might let me work things out by myself which would be a massive challenge as I know absolutely nothing of the school / kids and how the system works . I am not even mentioning the approaching GCSE period ..... Any ideas you have , from experience or inspiration , will be hugely appreciated !!!!