Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Teacher Training Was a Shambles: Letters

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Teacher Training Was a Shambles: Letters

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The School Direct programme, introduced to replace the Graduate Teacher Programme, is riddled with problems that have had a negative impact on my desire to teach.

I began the course as a graduate, believing that the route would benefit me more than the traditional PGCE because it involves more time in school. I took up my position, away from my family and friends, under the assumption that I would be trained in the fundamentals of teaching, as that was not only what my fees paid for but also what the term "teacher training" implied.

What I experienced was so badly orchestrated that it seems unbelievable that the needs of children could be put so greatly behind the financial reward reaped by the school. I arrived and found that I was simply to observe several classes over the course of two weeks. After this, the students were entirely in my hands: there were no instructions as to lesson planning, behaviour management or any other crucial aspects of teaching.

Eventually, assistance did come in the form of training sessions where an unfortunate teacher presented the entirety of their career's knowledge in 50 minutes via a PowerPoint. …

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