And how do you take a unihoc lesson with 32 Year 4s on a distinctly downward sloping playgrund? At the secondary level I have had to recall my GCSE knowledge of Macbeth, discuss texts I've never read, construct 3D drawings, explain the workings of the kidney and solve IT problems, as well as the usual - work out how to use the electronic register, guess my way around the layout of another school, avoid sitting in the wrong seat in the staffroom and, of course, to shout - loudly. They don't cover all that in the PGCE.
Anna Harding is an NQT who qualified from Homerton College, Cambridge, last year. She spent her first term as a supply teacher