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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

I will be recommending this book to my students as it will support them in their placements

Mrs Fiona Routh
Health and Social Development, Burnley College
May 18, 2015

This book will support primary trainee teachers during periods of professional placement.
The suggested tasks provide trainees with a practical framework through which to reflect during their experiences.

Mrs Marion Elizabeth Hobbs
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
May 11, 2016

As with all of Jane Medwell's books, this one is well-written, intelligent, thought-provoking and has an excellent balance between theory and practice.

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
December 10, 2015

A comprehensive guide to working with young children in Primary Schools. Outlines some useful ideas and strategies to help trainee teachers.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
March 24, 2015

Very useful guide for teachers training on School Direct and traditional University based ITE courses.

Dr Tracy Whatmore
Department of Education, Birmingham University
February 24, 2016

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