How to Gain Teaching Confidence

November 6th, 2017

The long-awaited moment has arrived. You enter the classroom, everyone’s eyes are on you and suddenly, a bright spotlight tracks you around the room. You stand there, unable to move, your mouth as dry as a desert, articulating incomprehensible sounds which soon appear distant and distorted to you. You start feeling dizzy and the colour of your face changes rapidly: at first it is so red that it would be the envy of a ripe tomato, and then you are as white as a sheet. The only sound you can hear is your heart pounding in your chest…

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Professional Development for Teachers: More than Training Days

October 31st, 2017

There are constant changes in the education and training world, for example changes to the government policies, regulatory requirements that relate to teaching positions, changes to the practices within your organisation or the subject that you teach, to name a few. As a result it is crucial that teachers keep up to date in order to be competent and benefit their career as well as their students and institutions they work for.

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Schools can now keep spare allergy pens

October 4th, 2017

New law for schools and allergies

A new law gives schools the ability to buy and keep spare adrenaline auto-injectors, often called Epipens, without a prescription.  These lifesaving gadgets can be used to treat pupils who have life-threatening allergic reactions to things such as peanuts, insect stings, soya and milk.

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A Day in the Life of a Teacher Trainer

October 4th, 2017

One of the best things about being a teacher trainer here at Carlton Training is that I get to go and visit our candidates in their workplaces to observe and monitor them teaching their own pupils and candidates. Everybody on the Level 4 CET and Level 5 DET courses has to carry out a certain amount of teaching which we monitor and grade according to Ofsted standards. This is a vital part of gaining the qualification, so it is my role to prepare and encourage candidates to be ready for when I visit them (we don’t just turn up by surprise!!!).

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Getting to Grips with Lesson Planning

September 25th, 2017

Why Plan a Lesson?

Imagine being the captain of a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. You know the name of the idyllic island you have to reach and your responsibility is to ensure the passengers arrive safely and have a good time on the way there. A teacher is like a captain: they have to use ‘navigation tools’, develop good and detailed ‘maps’ to navigate the vast sea of knowledge, Read the rest of this entry »