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If you are just starting your teaching career, you’ll find guidance from PGCE and SCITT tutors, along with advice and support from experienced teachers and mentors on how to survive and thrive in your training and NQT years.


Here’s our guide to avoiding some of the professional pitfalls of being a teacher. With nearly 125 years of experience in the classroom between them, Teachit’s editors share their experiences of coping with everything from sleep deprivation and keeping healthy to unexpected knickers and stolen mugs.

by Teachit
14th August 2020



The fundamentals Never judge other teachers. Everyone has their own way of doing things. Play to your strengths and be yourself. Some teachers engage students with a ‘big personality’, whereas others are quiet and measured. Some need to plan... read more

Use lesson observations and root cause analysis, the 'Five whys', to help you to become a more reflective practitioner during your training year. Lorna Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol, shares her expert guidance.

by Lorna Smith
14th August 2020



You might have been given some forms or templates as part of your teacher training course which will be useful in supporting your reflective practice. You will probably have observation forms – one to structure others’ observations of your teaching,... read more

20 quick, fun and engaging icebreakers to help you and students get to know each other. Whatever your subject, there's an idea that will work in your classroom. Perfect for training, newly qualified and experienced teachers alike!

by Teachit's editors
13th August 2020



Icebreaker taboo. Get students to identify a special power, an unusual fact or interesting quirk, for example impressively large hands, unexpected double-jointedness, an exotic birthplace, etc. They should write down three words connected with this... read more

20 flexible, fun and unusual ideas for games and group activities  … read more


With over 125 years of teaching experience between them, Teachit's editors share their favourite ideas for plenaries. From emoji exits to word tennis, there's an idea which will work in any subject or key stage to consolidate students' learning and help them to reflect.

by Teachit's editors
11th August 2020



Memory game. Students collaboratively write all the key words from your lesson on the board. They then have two minutes to remember them all. Remove the words from the board. How many words can students remember? Encourage students to work in groups... read more

With over 125 years of teaching experience between them, Teachit's  … 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 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

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 one of her trainee’s teaching dilemmas, along with some tried and trusted advice on assertiveness.

by Aly Spencer
21st October 2019



“I’m taking over a year 9 class next week from my mentor and I have to admit that they’re quite a boisterous bunch! It’s a deliberate addition to my timetable so that I can develop my presence and control but I’m worried that I won’t manage them.” ... 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 suggestions for fail-safe ways to get to know your students.

by Aly Spencer
21st October 2019



"I’m finding it really difficult to remember the names of the students I’m encountering. I’ve always been a bit rubbish with names to be honest, but not knowing their names means I’m just having to point at them and I don’t want to be rude! What can I... read more

Sarah Longshaw leads the Cheshire and Stockport Science Learning Partnership and is an active member of the Association for Science Education (ASE) through which she holds Chartered Science Teacher status. Here she shares her tips for making practical work purposeful.

by Sarah Longshaw
1st October 2019



The new 9-1 GCSEs examine practical work through exam questions. The questions cover different aspects of the specification and particular apparatus and techniques, and these are listed alongside each of the practicals detailed in each exam specification... read more

Sarah Longshaw leads the Cheshire and Stockport Science Learning Partnership and is an active member of the Association for Science Education (ASE) through which she holds Chartered Science Teacher status. Here she shares her purposeful lesson planning ideas.

by Sarah Longshaw
1st October 2019



Planning is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of a teacher’s job; and yet it can seem to take ages and sometimes it feels as though the lessons don’t always justify the time taken to plan them. Here are some suggestions to guide you through... read more

Sarah Longshaw leads the Cheshire and Stockport Science Learning Partnership and is an active member of the Association for Science Education (ASE) through which she holds Chartered Science Teacher status. Here Sarah shares her tips for making mock marking easier during your training year.

by Sarah Longshaw
1st October 2019



Practice exam marking can take ages and we want our students to get the best opportunity to act on the feedback. Here are six suggestions to make mock marking easier for you as a teacher, and more meaningful for students. 1. Feedback proforma(s) ... 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 advice for mentors of trainee teachers.

by Aly Spencer
1st October 2019



Mentoring a trainee teacher is a real privilege. It is an acknowledgement of your expertise and an opportunity to inspire the next generation of our workforce. Every experienced teacher will be able to recall a mentor who made their training year easier... 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 ideas for how to manage lesson timings during your training year.

by Aly Spencer
1st October 2019



An example of macro planning. 
  “I’m finding it hard to judge timings in my lessons. It’s really hard to predict how long things will take and I’m still getting it wrong… it makes me panic mid-lesson!” Daniel, English trainee teacher The effective use of lesson time is a... 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 tips for getting your first job in teaching.

by Aly Spencer
1st October 2019



Choosing the right place to work in your early career is fundamental to your future in this profession. Too often I hear horror stories about newly qualified teacher (NQT) experiences, and this can only be contributing to the reported mass exodus of teachers... 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 ideas for how to engage with disengaged students during your training year.

by Aly Spencer
1st October 2019



“How can I engage those pupils who just don’t seem to respond to anything?” Holly, Maths trainee teacher I was supporting one of my SCITT trainees with this dilemma last term. She was teaching mathematics in a good school and making excellent... read more

Lorna Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol, and Harry Dodds, a former subject tutor for the Buckingham Partnership SCITT, explain the role of starters and plenaries in effective lesson planning.

by Lorna Smith
5th August 2019



Research shows that more learning is likely to take place in lessons containing more than one activity, or broken into sections, sometimes called ‘chunking’. Including starters and plenaries in lesson structures allows for this variety of approach. ... read more

Lorna Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol, shares her ideas for making lesson observations meaningful.

by Lorna Smith
5th August 2019



In the early days of your training, your initial observations of others’ teaching can be bewildering, as there’s just so much going on. You might find it easier if you take some points from one or two of the headings below as focal points for each lesson,... read more

Lorna Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol, shares her advice for how to develop a more reflective approach during your training year.

by Lorna Smith
5th August 2019



During your training year, reflecting on the observation and evaluation process can be a useful way to develop professionally.  Using lesson observations to reflect  You will probably be given a range of observation forms which will be useful in... read more

Andy Sammons is author of 'The Compassionate Teacher', and Head of Department in a large secondary school in the north of England. He shares his ideas about why there’s a fundamental difference between marking and feedback, and argues that if you get feedback right, less is genuinely more.

by Andy Sammons
5th August 2019



Despite teacher training courses up and down the country churning out copies of Black and Wiliam’s Inside the Black Box (2006), the word ‘marking’ continues to persist in schools. Far brighter and more experienced colleagues than myself have pontificated... 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 reflections on his first year as a teacher, and offers some advice for newly qualified teachers on the road to unconscious competence!

by Andy Sammons
5th August 2019



I remember it as clear as day: in the six weeks preceding my first term as a teacher, it genuinely felt as if I was walking on air as I eagerly visited my school and started to put the finishing touches to my classroom. It’s that same feeling I get... read more

'Learning Spy' David Didau – trainer, consultant, writer and former English teacher – suggests how you can make your lesson planning guilt-free, efficient and high impact.

by David Didau
5th August 2019



After the first flurry of excitement planning for the year ahead, the drudgery and grind of planning 'exciting' lessons, day in, day out, is probably beginning to hit. As a new teacher, lesson planning seemed to suck up pretty much all of my available... read more



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