Professional teaching placements are an essential part of secondary teacher training, with trainees spending around two thirds of their time in schools. This practical handbook helps trainees fully prepare for their school experience, offering the guidance and reassurance to ensure they are confident and successful during placement. It is full of invaluable advice and practical suggestions, with clear links to the Professional Standards for QTS throughout.
Kate Shilvock is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick. Kate leads the Secondary PGCE Core Professional Studies course and the Secondary PGCE English with Drama course. She also has involvement with GTP and Flexible ITE trainees. A former Head of English, she has extensive experience of teaching. She has acted as both subject and professional mentor to ITE students on school placement. Kate has interests in literacy and gender issues. Melanie Pope is an Assisstant Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick. She is Deputy Course Leader for the Secondary PGCE and teaches on the Secondary PGCE English with Drama course. Melanie has worked in schools in the West Midlands where she was Literacy Co-ordinator and a Leading Teacher. Her research interests include children's and teacher's metalinguistic awareness and the emotional implications of learning.
Introduction The challenges of placement Orientation: preparing for placement Beginning professional placement Planning and evaluating Teaching: delivering learning Assessment, monitoring and reporting Managing student behaviour Your pastoral role SMSC, citizenship and PSHE The broader curriculum Making progress: observation, target-setting and assessment Your first post