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Going into the classroom

Going into the classroom marks the beginning of what will be a hugely exciting and rewarding career. Of course, it can also be quite a nerve-wracking time, but these tips and advice should give you a head start.
Teachers talking

Job interviews

If you’re a trainee or newly qualified teacher and you’re shortlisted for an interview, the tips below will help you prepare.

Applying for a job

As a trainee or newly qualified teacher, from January and February onwards, you’ll need to think about what job you want in September.
Teacher in corridor

Lesson planning

All teachers need to plan what they will teach and how they will teach it, but spending excessive amounts of time on long, detailed plans does not necessarily lead to better learning and teaching.

Advice on marking

Marking is time-consuming but important. It's an integral part of the teaching process and should benefit the pupils.

Writing academic essays

There are certain approaches and strategies that can be taken to make the process of writing as organised and structured as possible.

After the interview

Once you've received the formal written offer of appointment, you confirm your acceptance in writing. Remember that once you formally accept a job offer, both sides become contractually bound.

Relationships with students

When you start, colleagues should be able to provide invaluable information about your students, for example if problems at home might affect behaviour in class.

Relationships with colleagues

The relationships you form with your mentor, staff, students, parents and governors can make all the difference in the early stages of your career.

Problems with induction

It's important to remember when it comes to induction that you come first. You have just one chance to show that you can teach successfully so it's important that you help to create the right conditions for your success.