Training to Teach in Primary Schools
A practical guide to School-based training and placements
- Jane Medwell - The University of Nottingham, UK
Full of practical help and guidance, this is a must have for primary trainees on school experience, whether they are in a school-based or university-based teacher training programme. It begins by helping trainees to plan their own journey through training and beyond. Taking control of their own training in this way supports student teachers to approach the course with confidence, and secure their first teaching job. The book provides guidance on:
- adapting to working in school
- observing, planning and evaluating in school
- teaching on placement
- assessing, monitoring and reporting on children's progress
- self-evaluation and how to pre-empt and resolve issues
- securing the first teaching job and succeeding in the NQT year
For student teachers, the experience of school-based training is exciting but also challenging - this book supports them throughout and prepares them for the journey ahead.Student feedback on this book:
"Having been on a variety of teaching placements myself, I know just how daunting and overwhelming experiences in school can be at times – even with a supportive mentor by your side! Hence, I felt that this book can smooth out and rectify those worries one may face during a school placement, and offers the reader a realistic insight into school experiences. In my opinion, the most useful chapter by far is the ‘Moving On’ chapter near the end of the book. This explains how to conclude a school placement, what to expect from an interview, and even how to set out a CV for a teaching position. This was not something I expected to find in this book however it was very much welcomed and is, in fact, a very important, valuable part of the book. This is the type of book you can buy on your very first day of teacher training and use well into your days as a newly qualified teacher." - Jasmin, Primary Teacher Trainee (University of Northampton)
Straightforward and easy to read with practical and relevant advice.
A vital tool for PGCE students.
As a resource for students considering a career in primary teaching
A helpful handbook for students to refer to once on placement.The mini case studies are especially useful for a student trying to make sense of their own experiences.
This book recognises the significant role of school-based training in Initial Teacher Training and provides valuable guidelines for trainee teachers to meet the standards of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the best possible level. The book is a useful practical guide for trainee teachers seeking to obtain their teacher’s driving licence (QTS), as well as mentors who will guide trainee teachers through this journey.
Real case studies and scenarios that students are able to relate to. Very good for the Primary Ed and Supporting Learning modules.
A good overview of the teacher trainee processes.
This book would be suitable for a wider audience. The person considering going into primary teaching, the trainees at university or those on one of the other many routes into primary education. This book has a lot of practical support and guidance including assessment.
Really useful text, we have added to the reading list and order for the library
This book provides students with a good introduction and framework of school based placement. It provides information as to how to carry out meaningful observations in the classroom regarding general practice, but also regarding planning and assessment. The book also looks at the challenges traniees face and provides suggestions for how to address these sucessfully e.g. working with other colleagues.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 2 : Preparing for school based Teacher Training