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Training to Teach in Primary Schools

Training to Teach in Primary Schools
A practical guide to School-based training and placements

Third Edition

March 2015 | 168 pages | Learning Matters

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)
1. Managing your school based training
2. Preparing for school based teacher training
3. Starting in school
4. Learning to observe, plan and evaluate in school based training
5. Learning to teach in school based training
6. Learning to assess, monitor and report on children's progress
7. Individualised training: target-setting, observation and assessment in your school based training
8. The challenges of school based training
9. Moving on

Straightforward and easy to read with practical and relevant advice.

Mrs Dionne Barton
School of Education (Derby), Derby University
June 17, 2016

A vital tool for PGCE students.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
May 12, 2016

As a resource for students considering a career in primary teaching

Mrs Elaine Jones
Childcare Department, Accrington & Rossendale College
January 12, 2016

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.

Mrs Jane Morris
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
September 11, 2015

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.

Mrs Valentina Theodosiou
School of Arts and Education Sciences, European University of Cyprus
September 9, 2015

Real case studies and scenarios that students are able to relate to. Very good for the Primary Ed and Supporting Learning modules.

Mrs Annette Trilk
Child care, Wakefield College
August 22, 2015

A good overview of the teacher trainee processes.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
December 8, 2015

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.

Sue Miles-Pearson
School of Education, University of Roehampton
June 25, 2015

Really useful text, we have added to the reading list and order for the library

Mr Philip Jefferies
Department of Primary Education, Greenwich University
June 18, 2015

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.

Faculty of Education, University of The West of England
June 1, 2015

Jane A Medwell

Jane Medwell taught in primary schools in Cardiff and South Devon, before moving into teacher education. She has lectured at the Universities of Cardiff, Plymouth and the College of St Mark and St John, and is currently Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. Her research and writing has covered areas such as the teaching of writing and the use of electronic books to teach reading. More recently she has begun a major research programme exploring the teaching of handwriting, and has begun a unique programme of teacher education in primary Modern Foreign Languages. She is fluent in French and... More About Author

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