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I'm applying to start teacher training in 2020, but I've been out of the game academically/ job wise for a few years due to family life...I'm planning on getting school experience from September when my little girl starts nursery but is there anything about pedagogy, class management/ curriculum I could be reading in the meantime that would get me up to speed/prepared?

I'll be applying for secondary history x
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Hi!
I'm applying to start teacher training in 2020, but I've been out of the game academically/ job wise for a few years due to family life...I'm planning on getting school experience from September when my little girl starts nursery but is there anything about pedagogy, class management/ curriculum I could be reading in the meantime that would get me up to speed/prepared?

I'll be applying for secondary history x
There are loads and loads of books on general teaching out there, as well as subject specific ones. If you've got time over the next year/before you apply, I'd suggest reading as wide a range as you can, looking for a mix of practical ideas and more theoretical viewpoints. This will give you a lot to talk about at interview, as well as giving you a good base for next year.

It's hard to recommend specific things, because what works for one person doesn't always work for another. However, I have to say I found subject specific stuff the most useful!
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There are loads and loads of books on general teaching out there, as well as subject specific ones. If you've got time over the next year/before you apply, I'd suggest reading as wide a range as you can, looking for a mix of practical ideas and more theoretical viewpoints. This will give you a lot to talk about at interview, as well as giving you a good base for next year.

It's hard to recommend specific things, because what works for one person doesn't always work for another. However, I have to say I found subject specific stuff the most useful!
Thank you....what's a good starting point?
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My uni recommended this book as a good general staring point:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Preparing-T...s%2C333&sr=8-1

It's a bit dry but it does cover a wide range of issues and I found it quite helpful.

I also found this book a very interesting read:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-about...gateway&sr=8-1

If you want something that's a bit more about practical strategies, then the "lazy teacher's handbook" is full of great teaching ideas too:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lazy-Teache...s%2C189&sr=8-1

I can also recommend "boys don't try?" as an interesting read, which made me think a lot about how I treated students in my classrooms and what I rewarded:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boys-Dont-R...gateway&sr=8-1

All of these are pretty readable as e-books and available for <£15, which isn't too bad for books of this kind.

If you're going to be teaching at secondary, then familiarizing yourself with the gcse exam spec is also worthwhile and getting a good A-level textbook is an investment worth making. For textbooks, I'd definitely recommend having a physical copy!

I hope this gives you a useful starting point!
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Brilliant! Thank you for your advice ☺
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