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Teaching Your Teachers

Your teachers are the key resource in your school – driven, passionate educators are a force for change and the inspiration for students to succeed. Recruitment for teachers is a challenge for many schools so look after your new teachers and they will reward you by becoming confident, happy and valued members of your staff knowing they are supported and cared for by their SLT and colleagues.

Teacher Training Spaces

How should classrooms be best set up for newly qualified teachers? Keep spaces and layouts flexible. Multi-use areas are so much easier for new teachers to inhabit in a calm, orderly manner where they know what is happening in all classroom zones. Whether using the teaching from the front or the ‘guide on the side’ approach, new teachers need to know they are in control and students can see and hear them without having to shout for attention.

Our Top 5 Teacher Training Tips

1. Get to know your students. They will have a range of needs and strengths and the more you know them the more you can find their motivations for success
2. Provide a variety of spaces for students in the classroom such as independent learning, group work and active learning so that students can be kept engaged and interested during all parts of the lesson
3. Good behaviour should be rewarded. Keep praising students who show they are making the right choices; these intrinsic skills will last way beyond the classroom
4. Make your topics interesting – keep the class listening, learning and actively working towards a defined end result
5. Finally, don’t forget about the room itself. Make it the ideal classroom for your new teachers to be able to educate your students and your school will reap the rewards.
Stage one

What Does The Ideal Teacher Training Classroom Look Like?

1. Decorate your classroom with interesting, inspiring work from your students so they can be proud of their achievements

2. Keep it fresh and uncluttered with subtle storage around the room, such as teaching walls, hidden lockable drawers and shelving for health and safety as well as looking far cleaner and clearer

3. Walls and floors should be covered for maximum acoustic benefits, to ensure your teachers can talk at a normal level for their best health and attendance

4. Site the classrooms in areas with natural lighting and reduce glaring strip lights that can cause headaches and irritability

5. Add in comfortable seating and furniture to increase your teachers’ and students’ ability to sit still and concentrate for longer, meaning more will be achieved in their time at work to give them a better balance between the classroom and their home lives – teacher training is hard work!
Look after your staff with Envoplan’s teaching layout tips for the perfect work environment.

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