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So you’ve decided to pursue a career in teaching. Congratulations, you have opened your mind to potentially the most rewarding career there is. You will spend your teacher training year, your NQT year and potentially the rest of your working life, sharing your knowledge, expertise, passions and interests with younger generations. They will learn from you, they will teach you, they will test you and surprise you. You will laugh and you will cry and every day will be different. A career in teaching means being committed to enhancing the life chances and wellbeing of all young people, so what is the best way to prepare? Read our three tips below to get you on the path to a successful training year.
- Experience! Spend as much time in schools before you start your training as you can. School experience is not a pre-requisite for teacher training, but it is certainly a good idea if you can get it. Whether it’s before you begin your training, or at the end of your PGCE year, aim to experience a range of different schools. Avoid the temptation just to head back to the school at which you were a pupil. When you’re in school, get stuck in. Volunteer to act as a Teaching Assistant to a class, attend meetings, and meet parents. Be proactive in getting as much and as varied an experience as the school will allow and aim to observe all aspects of the job.
- Read! Being aware of developments in education, from government policy to latest research on pupil behaviour can be helpful in enriching your understanding of teaching and how your practice fits within the broader landscape of education. There is no need to pour over research journals or read in-depth analyses at this point, however. There has never been so much information out there, written for teachers by teachers and much of this is available online through education blogs and online publications.
- Connect! Teaching can become a solitary job, if you let it. You’ll spend most of your day in your classroom, doing your thing with your pupils. For that reason, reaching out and connecting with colleagues near and far can be a great way you are informed, reflective and continually refreshing your practice. Twitter has become one of the most valuable avenues for professional networking with thousands of teachers connecting through regular ‘chats’, sharing resources or simply swapping stories from the ‘chalkface’. There are now specific hashtags for teachers at all stages in their career, such as #ITTChat to #TeamEnglish and #SLTChat. Get involved and get connected as early as you can.
To find out more about our teacher training programmes visit our website, or contact our teaching school for specific advice and support.