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 Knowledge and Understanding

Professional knowledge and understanding

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This chapter addresses the wider policy context which affects teaching and offers practical suggestions for embedding the key messages from current educational policy into your practice. We emphasise the importance of meeting the specific individual needs of learners and providing effective personalised provision to meet their needs. We also address the importance of teaching children to value and respect diversity and the necessity to challenge prejudice and discrimination.

According to Ofsted outstanding trainees:

  • describe the stages in progress through a topic/set of ideas and concepts/sequence of teaching–explaining what they would look for in learners;
  • can give examples of lessons, and individual/groups of learners, to illustrate this–including the identification of barriers to learning and how these were/can be ...
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