Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Teacher Training like This Deserves a Red Card

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Teacher Training like This Deserves a Red Card

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As a trainee teacher, my first impression of my PGCE course was that it was hastily thrown together. The lessons were underprepared and teachers were under-resourced. It had an air of unprofessionalism, and things did not improve.

We spent the first three months being taught about theories of learning and the pedagogy behind a teaching session. For our first assessment, we were required to teach for 20 minutes. Thankfully, I had done more than 50 hours of teaching before this so I had some idea how to handle myself, but I felt for my colleagues as we hadn't yet been taught how to plan a session, let alone deliver one. The majority of the student cohort were at a complete loss and voiced their frustrations about this.

Another issue was my tutor. During my sessions with her, which were primarily based around resource development, we spent nearly three hours in a "discussion" (which ultimately ended up as an exercise in tolerance and resolve) where no learning took place. There was no starter, no objectives, no activities, no plenaries - all the essential components of a "good" lesson that we had been told to include and on which I would be judged in my observations. …

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