New teachers struggle to ‘manage’ classrooms, according to poll of heads

The TES is reporting new research that suggests nearly three-quarters of heads say trainee teachers finish their courses without acquiring the skills they need to manage a classroom…

The poll by the NAHT headteachers’ union of 1,127 of its members also found that more than half said that newly qualified teachers (NQTs) lacked subject knowledge and a sufficient understanding of pedagogy and child development.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said: “School leaders are finding that some applicants leave initial teacher training (ITT) without the right balance of skills to allow them to make the most of their passion and talents when they are in the classroom.”

The results of the poll carried out this month have been used in the association’s submission to the government-commissioned Carter Review of ITT.

The survey also found that a third of heads felt that NQTs were less well prepared for working in schools than they were five years ago.

“It is vital for ITT courses to achieve the right balance of subject specialism, teaching theory and school-based practical experience,” Mr Hobby added.

“It is critically important for all teachers to have a good grounding in childhood psychology and development in order to be able to understand special educational needs. The NAHT view is that one year of ITT is not enough time for primary trainees, in particular, to be given a fair chance to achieve all this.”…

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If this is the case, what needs to change and when is the best time for these skills to be developed? More training and/or longer ITT before taking up NQT roles or more support/guidance once in a teaching job? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. angelsoft_ICT

    SchoolsImprove Yeah. It’s why we support and TRAIN them. No one can lead a classroom 100% instinctively. You need to PRACTISE!

  2. angelsoft_ICT

    SchoolsImprove Yeah. It’s why we support and TRAIN them. No one can lead a classroom 100% instinctively. You need to PRACTISE!

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Teachers at the school are recognised & have reputation; trainee teachers regarded as “subs” which students like to play up

  4. Mktadvice4schls

    SchoolsImprove hate those ‘how have things changed over 5yrs’ questions – very subjective. Fear this will be used to attack PGCEs more.

  5. monty back

    Let’s remember that the university based days teaching subject knowledge and pedagogy has been cut to 50 days and school based days raised to 120! Not hard to see why HT have noticed the difference! It’s because trainees don’t receive the necessary support in school during the 120 days!! and then they compound things but not supporting their NQT’s appropriately during the remaining training year as NQT’s
    Initial teacher education is but the start to professional competency.

  6. MrSRFoster

    KteacherBx nataliewalton78 SchoolsImprove wow new teachers struggle with class management – really need a poll for that?

  7. MrSRFoster

    KteacherBx nataliewalton78 SchoolsImprove wow new teachers struggle with class management – really need a poll for that?

  8. MrSRFoster

    KteacherBx nataliewalton78 SchoolsImprove wow new teachers struggle with class management – really need a poll for that?

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