Andy Sammons is Head of Department in a large secondary school in the north of England, and author of The Compassionate Teacher @compassionteach. Here he shares his key advice on how to make the most of your first teaching placement.

by Andy Sammons
21st October 2019



I remember it well, arriving in the reception of my first placement school, messenger bag draped over my shoulder and a sense of trepidation in the pit of my stomach. The truth is your first placement is often tough. Until then, you’ve often had the safety... read more

Andy Sammons is Head of Department in a large secondary school in the north of England, and author of The Compassionate Teacher @compassionteach. Here he shares his approaches to managing the fundamentals of teaching.

by Andy Sammons
21st October 2019



I still remember the first time I planned a lesson: I sat in my kitchen, and it took me the whole morning to plan a 30-minute activity and plenary. Now, thankfully, the process is much more straightforward. Trying to unpick something that becomes second... read more



Helena Thomas is a PGCE Secondary English Tutor at Bath Spa University. Here are her ideas to help you establish a positive relationship with your mentor.

by Helena Thomas
21st October 2019



Your teacher training year is a notoriously challenging time – full of highs, lows and hard work. You are likely to feel that the most significant individual in guiding you through this process is your school-based mentor; the one who sees you daily and... read more

Aly Spencer is Head of ITT for the Fylde Coast SCITT and teaching schools, and co-chair of a network of ITT providers across Lancashire. She has a special interest in the progress and wellbeing of early career teachers. Here she shares her creative approaches to managing low-level disruption successfully during your training year.

by Aly Spencer
21st October 2019



“I’m struggling to manage the low-level chatting and disruption in my classroom. I know I need to take better control… I just don’t know how.” David, Science trainee teacher The features of low-level disruption One of the most energy-draining,... read more


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