As you enter the profession, we are here to keep you up to date with all that’s going on in the world of education, helping you to become the best teacher you can be. 

Tips for your training year

Your training year can be a challenge, but you are not alone. You will be supported every step of the way, by:

  • Your training provider, mentor and tutor
  • Your school mentor
  • Your teaching colleagues
  • Your peers
  • The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub

It is important to note that, there is no magic formula to ensure a successful training year but, these tips will help and for everything else, we’re a conversation away.

Don’t forget why you’re here

On those challenging days, remember you’re here because:

  • you want to make a real difference to young people’s lives
  • you love your subject
  • you want to inspire an academic passion in your students
  • you want to give your students the greatest life chances

Take every opportunity to watch and learn

In your training year, you will have the opportunity to see lots of different colleagues teach; so watch, take notes, ask questions, and learn. Look at the way people tackle situations, build relationships and consider the different strategies they use to teach their subject and support their students.

Remember, some methods and strategies, may not work for you but be reflective and consider how you can develop your own pedagogy.

Develop your craft

Teaching is a craft and great teaching is an art form. Like any masterpiece, it is a lifelong journey of development, reflection, and practice. Experienced practitioners are still learning new methods, trying new activities, and constantly developing their craft, so enjoy the journey of development and ensure you:

  • Know your subject &and curriculum.
  • Know your school and your students.
  • Attend and engage with all CPD and development opportunities.
  • Set high expectations of yourself and your students.
  • Take chances with activities and learning opportunities.
  • If things don’t work, don’t be disheartened, instead look for solutions.
  • Accept help from others and when things are challenging, talk about it and seek help.
  • Listen to and respond to feedback.
  • Own your mistakes and learn from them.
  • Manage your workload effectively.
  • Ensure you look after your own wellbeing.
  • Get involved in all aspects of school life.

Network

A support network is essential. Whilst we have friends and family to support us, it’s important to have a professional support network too. So whether it’s on your ITT course, in your department or in your placement school, find your network. Their support will be invaluable.

Securing your first job

You’ve completed (or have nearly completed) your training year, you have a wealth of experience but knowing what prospective employers are looking for and knowing how to stand out from other candidates (including those with more experience) can be difficult, so how can you successfully secure your first job?

Use our guide or simply follow our five point plan:

  • Do your research 
  • Visit the school
  • Personalise your application to the school and role.
  • Be selective –Finding the perfect post is like finding a home – if it feels right – it’s the right place.
  • Stay passionate –there may be challenging days but remember why you’re here and the difference you will make.

Preparing for your ECT Year

You’ve completed your training year and you’ve secured your first teaching post, so what else do you need to do before September?

  • Visit the school so you are ready for the September start
  • See what information you can be given i.e. timetable, email details, policies
  • Prepare yourself for your classes – Schemes of learning, class lists, resources
  • Set up your classroom/ teaching base
  • Ensure your school has signed you up for the ECF programme and AB service
  • Complete any summer reading/ preparation
  • Above all, the autumn term will have its own challenges so rest, enjoy the summer and prepare yourself for your first year in this amazing profession

Looking ahead to your ECT Year

All Early Career Teachers (ECTs) will be supported in their first two years of their career by the Early Career Framework (ECF). This is a well-structured, government-funded, two-year support package of high-quality professional development, that has been developed to provide more support in the first stage of your career. They Key information you need to know about the programme, can be found here.

Your school will decide, which programme you will follow and who will be your Appropriate Body (AB), which, is the regulatory body which, ensures you are following the statutory induction process and will also make, following consultation with your Headteacher, the final decision about whether you have met the Teachers Standards.

More information can be found on Our Early Careers page.

More information can be found on our Appropriate Body Service page.

Accessing CPD

CPD is vital for updating your knowledge and skills. Whilst training and resources are readily available throughout the region, it can sometimes be a frustrating exercise to trawl through different websites and providers to find what’s suitable for you. To save you time, we’ve gathered the best courses, research and resources in one place, so you can spend more time learning and less time searching. 



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1-1 Teaching Assistant

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Level 2 Teaching Assistant

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LTS – Lunch Time Supervisor

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Business Support Officer Annual Review Administration

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Teaching Assistant x 2 posts

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Communications Officer- Trust Central Team

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School Cleaner

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Lunchtime Supervisor

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Department Assistant

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Buildings Officer

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Administration Assistant and Receptionist

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Teaching Assistant (Level 3)

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Attendance Administrator

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Level 3 Teaching Assistant

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Level 1 Teaching Assistant

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Reflection Room Manager

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L1 Learning Support Assistant (2 Posts)

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Reintegration Tutor

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EYFS SEND Teaching Assistant x2 Posts

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Teaching Assistant

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School Administrator

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