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‘Thrown in at the deep end’

Teacher training these days is said to be better than ever, so why are NQTs leaving the profession in their droves? Joseph Lee discovers that the problem lies not just with ITT or with schools, but also in the belief within the profession of how good teachers are made

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Perhaps no other job, with the possible exception of being a parent, has the kind of learning curve that teaching does. As many teachers put it, no matter how good the training gets, nothing quite prepares you for the moment when the classroom door closes, and you are in sole charge of the education and welfare of 30 children.

But, while plenty of people still have misgivings about teacher training and are calling for further improvements, almost all in teaching seem to agree that the 25,000 newly qualified teachers who are starting work at their schools this month will be better prepared for ...

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