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Find tips, discussion groups, QTS skills test advice and recommended videos on behaviour and planning - all designed to help you get your teaching career off to a flying start, whether you're a PGCE, GTP or BEd teacher.

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Videos to help you through your training

45 mins Reflecting on Outstanding Teaching
Part of the series The Teachers TV ITE Lectures
A lecture for trainee teachers using best practice and examples
15 mins Resources
Part of the series Time Savers
The Time Savers team offer advice on resources
5 mins Transitions During Lessons
Part of the series Boost Your Teaching
Advice on planning effective transitions into lessons

QTS skills tests

Looking for tips for passing your QTS skills tests? Our experts have put together some handy advice for you.

Series: Passing the QTS Numeracy Test Get help with the QTS Numeracy Skills Test with short videos looking at the topics that cause the most trouble, including mental arithmetic skills.

Recommended series

Series: Lesson Planning Watch how experienced teachers plan and deliver lessons, including planning tips, resources and ideas for improvement.

Advice for trainee teachers

Teacher training expert Sara Bubb on what to consider before you face pupils as a teacher for the first time.
Preparing for your first teaching placement
NQT and trainee teacher expert, Elizabeth Holmes, has answered your questions on job hunting, careers in international schools, and behaviour management.
Your questions answered
We've asked our users for their best tips for trainee teachers. From work-life balance to being patient with yourself, see what they have to say.
Top tips for trainees
Teacher training expert Sara Bubb on how to build differentiation into your planning and teaching.

Behaviour management

Looking for tips on behaviour management? Try these videos on tackling classroom issues

15 mins Ignoring Disruptive Behaviour
Part of the series Manage That Class with Sue Cowley
Sue Cowley gives a Year 5 teacher behavioural and learning advice
4 mins Tackling Tiredness
Part of the series Bayley's Behaviour for NQTs
Behaviour guru Bayley gives an NQT tips on classroom management

The Behaviour Challenge: Can you handle it?

Pit your wits against the students with our interactive behaviour challenges

Primary Behaviour Challenge

Use the interactive Primary Behaviour Challenge to try out your behaviour strategies. See if your technique will help bring order to a disruptive classroom

Secondary Behaviour Challenge

Want to put your behaviour management techniques to the test? Try the interactive Secondary Behaviour Challenge to see if your strategies will work



TES careers guru John Howson has answered your questions, covering everything from career progression to changing subject specialism.
Careers advice from John Howson
Teacher training expert Elizabeth Holmes runs through what you need to consider when applying for your NQT post.
Careers advice for trainee teachers
John Manning, teacher recruitment manager for Luton, runs through the basics of pool applications and how to make them work for you.
Pool applications

Planning and preparing

Want tips on planning and preparing? Get ready for school with these videos

15 mins Planning
Part of the series Time Savers
The Time Savers team gives tips on planning
15 mins Homework and Marking
Part of the series Time Savers
The team help out with homework and marking

Trainee teacher extras

Useful links

A selection of useful websites, Twitter feeds and blogs for trainee teachers.

Trainee group

Where trainee teachers can share their first experiences of teaching, get advice from other trainees, and share their favourite resources.


Download the Autumn 2010 issue of the termly publication for trainee teachers.

The latest Trainee Teacher Newsletter (PDF 62kb)