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Pedagogy, Including Behaviour Management, Planning for Learning, Assessment and Differentiation

Classroom experience

You may have been able to gain a few days of classroom experience in schools prior to applying for or being accepted on your course, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, all schools are closed, so even if you’d had enough annual leave left from your previous employment to have a few more days in school, this is not now possible. We would normally have recommended you try to get more days in school prior to starting your ITT, to gain a greater understanding of how your subject is taught across a range of ages and abilities. However, even if schools do open to pupils before the end of Summer Term 2020, it’s possible they won’t have the capacity to host visitors for experience if they still have social distancing measures in place due to coronavirus.

Instead, we suggest you watch and reflect on programmes from the (no longer on air) Teachers TV channel, which are archived here and cover different aspects of teaching various subjects:


Managing pupil behaviour

This is a common concern for trainees prior to starting their ITT, so you may like to complete these free online courses on the Open University (OU) OpenLearn platform:

Supporting children's development - with a focus on building relationships with pupils - important for effective behaviour management:

Teaching for good behaviour - though note that Activity 1 discusses the Visual / Auditory / Kinaesthetic (VAK) approach to teaching, which was an influential concept at the time of writing, but has now been largely discredited and should be approached with a critical eye:

Sue Cowley’s Getting The Buggers To Behave is also often recommended by ITT providers. We also recommend you read Charlie Taylor’s behaviour checklists in his ‘Getting The Simple Things Right’ guidance:


Preparing to teach, planning lessons, teaching practical subjects, and assessment and differentiation

Your ITT provider will likely provide you with a reading list and / or tasks in preparation for starting your course. If not, we recommend you contact them to ask. Some to get you started include:
Article: Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction

Report: What makes great teaching? (2014, The Sutton Trust)

If you have time, and you are going to be training to teach a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) subject, you may be interested in completing some of these other free online courses from STEM Learning, delivered from the Future Learn website:

The Open University (OU) also have free online courses to help you start to think about how you can teach your subject:

FutureLearn offer a free online ‘Preparing for a PGCE’ course to help prepare yourself to study, and examine the academic literature around what teaching and learning in schools looks like. Based on the University of Warwick’s successful PGCE programme, you’ll learn observational teaching skills – along with key legal knowledge – that will stand you in great stead for the PGCE to come. This course can also help you decide whether you want to study for a PGCE, if you are unsure whether to do so:


Other useful links

Many newspapers (including online newspapers) have education sections which will inform you about the rewards and challenges within education, and current education issues, so you could subscribe to these alerts. Also, if you’re on Twitter or LinkedIn, you could follow some organizations such as TES.

Prospects: Current Educational Issues


Teacher toolkit: a good practical guide to the latest thinking in teaching and learning. Also many free resources:

Chartered College of Teaching: have a publication called The Profession which is free to read online:

Teacherhead: A website by Tom Sherrington on the learning process:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on 'Flow' the secret to happiness:

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion:

Phase / subject specific links

(if your subject isn’t shown here, we suggest you ask your ITT – you can also contact us and we can send you relevant links):


English / Literacy - The National Literacy Trust:   


Teach it Primary:


Teach it English:


Teach it Maths:


Tyler DeWitt: Hey teachers make Science teaching fun:

Teach it Science:


Teach it Languages:


Teach it Geography:


Teach it History:

Art subjects (Art, Design & Technology, Music, etc.)

Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?:

Special education needs & disabilities (SEND)

The SEND Code of Practice:

The National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN):

Abbreviations frequently used:


Am I eligible?

Interested in making a career change? Transition to Teach is a free service funded by the Department for Education. We can support career changers who meet our eligibility criteria.