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Advice on returning to mainstream English teaching

Discussion in 'English' started by jogill, May 17, 2018.

  1. jogill

    jogill New commenter

    Hello all,

    I will be returning from working internationally in August. I have been working as a Learning Support teacher for 2 years here in Manila, but am a secondary English specialist. Before Manila, my last role was as a Post 16 English teacher at a special school and before that as an KS3 and 4 English teacher in a variety of roles and different schools in the U.K.
    I want to refresh my skills and get back into the classroom teaching English in mainstream education. I am going to work as a supply teacher at first to get a sense of being back in U.K schools and within an English team.
    Do any of you have any advice about what i should be reading about current standards and practice in the U.K and websites or resources I can use to review English programmes of study, planning and resources?
    Any advice or tips at all would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Jo
     
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    All the English Language and Literature exams changed about two years ago - there is no coursework now.

    Get copies of the documentation from each exam board if you can, so you know what the reading requirements are for each board and the learning and assessment objectives.

    Working as a supply teacher is an excellent idea to get a feel for what is required ; as long as you can find some schools where the behaviour isn't too challenging.
     
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  3. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    Working as a supply teacher is an excellent way to persuade yourself that coming back to teach in the UK was a bad idea.
    A friend who took some time out to teach in the far east came back - and was back out of the UK within 6 months.
     
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  4. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    You will find a big difference as in many countries, pupils and parents respect the teacher and behaviour managing is minimal.

    Unfortunately that isn't always the case in the UK. You will find behaviour managing a key issue.

    Your supply agency should provide you with behaviour managing courses and TES used to also have them. There are books you can purchase too. Sue Cowley and "Teaching for Dummies" have good tips. Also Tom Bennet is another one who has written a book on managing behaviour.
     
  5. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    You're conscientious - the profession needs more like you!

    I wouldn't worry too much. Who knows what classes you'll be given. Focus on planning your first meeting with ANY class in terms of behaviour management, and you can learn all else as you go. But once those relationships are lost, the situation might be very unpleasant. If supply, you should be very well directed to what to teach and will then have time to quiz dept members about what the changes mean on the ground. Have a few standby activities for those lessons that haven't been laid out so clearly for you -tried and tested things you know will work (and engage) most learners. Don't put up with any ****.

    I wish you luck!
     
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  6. install

    install Star commenter

    Aim for a private school...:cool:
     

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