Trainee teachers have a wealth of knowledge and advice at their fingertips thanks to a wide range of online resources. However, the more choices you have, the harder it can be to choose, so we’ve put together summaries for some of the most popular options.
The Times Educational Supplement, or TES as it’s more commonly known, was first published in 1910. Originally it was a pull-out section of the main paper but proved so popular that four years later it became a separate publication. The website, TES.com, launched in 1997 and is now officially the world’s largest online community of teachers, with around 8 million registered users.
The success of TES is no surprise, as it’s the go-to place for news, developments, careers, jobs and resources, with the latter in particular being extremely useful thanks to it offering the opportunity for teachers to share original classroom content, such as lesson plans, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations and activities.
Get Into Teaching
At the time of writing this article, the Get Into Teaching site greets visitors with five reasons to register: support from an experienced teaching professional, one-to-one tailored advice, help arranging school experience, access to teaching information events, and an enormous portfolio of handy hints and tips.
The website is intrinsically motivational, with campaign messages such as “Every lesson shapes a life. Whose story will you inspire?” sitting alongside videos, an events calendar and insight into the life of a teacher. There’s also a lot of financial information, such as funding for training, salaries, pension schemes and student loan reimbursement, helping to make teaching an accessible career for all.
Department for Education
The government’s DfE website offers official reports, guidance notes, updates and press releases regarding all things education. The variety of content here is excellent, covering everything from actions being taken by industry leaders such as the Education Secretary and the Schools Minister, to copyright licenses, performance tables, statistics, school security measures and mental health topics.
If something happens in the world of education or children’s services, the DfE web team is guaranteed to share it.
As the organisation that manages the application process for UK universities, UCAS is invaluable when it comes to finding out about further education, teacher training, careers and alternatives to university.
Its teacher training blog is highly responsive to new trends, sharing tips and advice on topics like keeping on top of your workload, surviving your NQT year, methods of engaging students, and pretty much anything else you can think of. The fact that many of its posts are written by trainee and NQT teachers also makes them highly relatable, putting your mind at ease by showing that we all encounter obstacles whilst providing the encouragement to overcome them.
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