What's new for teachers

14th January 2011 at 00:00
Career seminars, diary dates, TES Education North, best books and a TEFL update. Plus a glimpse of what helped last year's NQTs through their induction

Pick an expert's brain online

The TES New Teachers webchats begin their spring term on Monday 17 January with the first of six online expert chats.

'How to find a job and succeed at interview: part 1' will be hosted by TES career expert Professor John Howson and will be available on the TES New Teacher website from 5-6.30pm.

Go to http:newteachers.tes.co.ukadvice for more information and to take part.

Professor Howson's popular career seminars will continue in 2011. For more information go to www.tes.co.ukcareerseminars


17 January

How to find a job and succeed at interview: part 1

21 February

Dealing with paperwork, marking and report writing

25 February

Dealing with parents and outside agencies

14 March

Introducing creativity to your lessons

18 April

How to find a job and succeed at interview: part 2

22 April

Tackling your worries about your teacher training


1. How to Survive Your First Year in Teaching 2nd Edition by Sue Cowley

2. Pimp Your Lesson!: Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect by Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman

3. Teaching Today: A Practical Guide Fourth Edition by Geoffrey Petty

4. The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities: Bringing NLP into the Classroom by David Hodgson and Ian Gilbert

5. Teaching Skills for Dummies by Sue Cowley

6. How to Survive Your First Year in Teaching by Sue Cowley

7. Teaching, Training and Learning: A Practical Guide by Ian Reece and Stephen Walker

8. Teaching, Tutoring and Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector by Susan Wallace

9. The Bluffer's Guide to Teaching by Nick Yapp

10. Reflective Teaching 3rd Edition: Evidence-informed Professional Practice by Andrew Pollard

Source: Amazon.co.uk (accessed 25 November 2010)


The number of graduates training to teach English abroad is on the increase. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course provider i-to-i has seen a 5 per cent increase in recent graduates and students enrolling on its courses. The company has now published a free eBook, The Graduate's Guide to Teaching and Travelling Abroad, which can be downloaded from www.onlinetefl.comgraduates


Looking for some inspiration, or something with which to wow the class during your observed lesson at interview? TES Education North has ideas and resources for everyone working in, or looking to work in, early years, SEN or mainstream education.

Hundreds of suppliers will showcase resources and services for you to browse, with free samples and exclusive show discounts on offer.

Free practical workshops with your favourite experts and great value, inspirational CPD seminars (early bird rate of #163;9+VAT for bookings before 28 February) are also available.

The show is open 8-9 April, 10am-5pm, at Manchester Central.

For more information, visit www.teachingexhibitions.co.uk and follow @TSLevents on Twitter for the latest news.

Last year's NQTs reveal what they couldn't have survived their NQT year without

skellig1182: The friendly reading recovery teacher. My mum's ears and wisdom. Diet Coke. My pets. A good game of scrabble and some wine ;o

dizzymai: My TA. My husband cooking for me and the children every night. Sharpie pens. Memory stick. Facebook. TES Resources! The biscuit tin. Hot baths.

Ev11: My family. Diet Coke. A few tricks up my sleeve. TES Resources. Reassurance. 100 literacynumeracy. Raffle tickets.

Sillow: The BBC Learning Zone clips website - www.bbc.co.uklearningzoneclips

BB2009: My lovely boyfriend. Starbucks.

purplefizz: Memory stick. YouTube. My mentor from my training year. My NQT mentor. NQT meetings. The occasional DVD day. The Twilight Saga. The librarian. The resources lady.

squashandbiscuits: A partner who is so laid back he's horizontal - and can cook. A very thick skin - well, I didn't at first! Red wine.

RandK: My fab TAs. Bouncing ideas around with other members of my team. My parents teaching me to budget. Passing my driving test a week before term started. Making sure all of my clothes wouldn't crease. Sharing with other NQTs at training sessions.

revelsum: My parents. My amazing Microsoft Paint skills. NQT TES forum! My own photocopier. Google. TES Resources. Other NQTs. My car. My friends.

flickaz: My calm, unflappable TA. Stealing plans from wherever I could and changing them to suit my class. Asking for help. Knowing that I don't have to be perfect all the time.

Join the debate at tes.co.uknqtforum.

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