Qualified Teacher Status is gained in a multitude of ways, one of the most significant ways is through being observed by your mentors and our central team. One of our fantastic History trainees currently training with us this year, Kelly Pearce, reflects on the importance of feedback in your teacher training year.

One of the most important aspects of your teacher training is the regular feedback you will receive from your mentor and host teachers on your teaching and lesson planning. It is important to remember how significant this feedback is to your progress as a teacher. When you are able to sit and observe a lesson it is much easier to notice the strengths and the areas of improvement, in comparison to when you are actually teaching. It may feel like this is a time in your life where you are receiving comments and feedback on almost everything, however, do not take this for granted. The feedback you receive will help guide you into forming your own way of teaching and learn what works and what doesn’t in terms of lessons and activities. It is also a good idea to keep hold of all the feedback you receive. What I found useful was to ensure I was receiving two formal observations a week, at the very minimum. Then filing this feedback away every week in chronological order throughout your training journey. Whenever you feel like a lesson did not fully go to plan, or are feeling under pressure, take a look back at your feedback throughout your training and your spirits will undoubtedly be lifted by looking at just how far you have come and what you have learnt and improved on.

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