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The Reason Why New Teachers Often Struggle

October 31, 2011

Ofsted is wrong. Teacher training doesn’t need to be tougher, it needs to be smarter. The reason why our new teachers find it so hard is not because they cruised through their training but because their training didn’t prepare them for the classroom.

Tougher teacher training is not going to achieve anything:

Tougher training should be given to teachers in a bid to raise standards in the classroom, an education watchdog has proposed.

The guidelines, drawn up by Ofsted and published on Monday, would see a greater emphasis on teachers’ behavioural management and ability to teach pupils to read, including those with special educational needs.

The ways in which trainee teachers are currently assessed would also change; inspectors will rate trainees’ effectiveness in few categories but according to a tougher criteria. The inspection will include an increased focus on trainees’ subject knowledge and the quality of training.

My University course was as tough as they come, but it was too steeped in the theoretical.  I needed far more exposure to classrooms than 5 weeks in year one and 9 in the second and final year of my degree.  I needed to see how different teachers and different schools operated. I needed to be in touch with resources that was shown to work and methods that I could employ later on.

Instead, I was treated to mindless theory and useless advice.  It was an extremely tough course, but one that offered me precious little in terms of real experience and practical insight.

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