Making a success of your teaching placement is a vital part of achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). With a focus on practical, this book provides essential guidance on how to translate the ‘outstanding’ criteria into practice. The authors break down the OfSTED criteria so that you can identify the skills and knowledge you need to make the most of your placements.

Packed with case studies, practical tasks and links to the (QTS) standards, the book is structured around: Developing professional knowledge; Planning; How to be an outstanding teacher; Classroom management; Teamwork; Assessment; Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This book will help trainees make the difficult jump from ‘good’ to achieving an ‘outstanding’ on their placements.

Professional Attributes

Professional attributes

This Chapter Covers

Ofsted (2009) has identified several noticeable characteristics of ‘outstanding’ trainee teachers. This chapter examines each of these characteristics in turn. Each characteristic is exemplified to enable trainee teachers to identify whether they are demonstrating them during periods of school-based placement. The chapter focuses heavily on how trainees can develop creative, innovative approaches in teaching. It addresses the notion of being a risk taker and it stresses the importance of a flexible approach.

According to Ofsted outstanding trainees:

  • take risks when trying to make teaching interesting, are able to deal with the unexpected and ‘grab the moment’;
  • inspire and communicate their enthusiasm to learners;
  • have an intrinsic passion for learning;
  • show innovation and creative thinking–lateral thinkers;
  • have the ability to reflect critically ...
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