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Professional Development for Early Career Teachers

Find out how to develop and improve your teaching abilities as you start your career as a teacher.

26,064 enrolled on this course

Professional Development for Early Career Teachers

26,064 enrolled on this course

  • 5 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Improve your teaching practice and learn to manage your workload

The early stages of a career in teaching can be daunting. You’re regularly faced with new responsibilities and challenges. On this course you will get advice and support on improving your teaching skills as well as juggling your workload so you’re able to handle these challenges.

Through the course you will reflect on and identify your professional development needs. You will explore: behaviour management strategies, pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning, ways to prioritise your workload and more.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds The early stages of a career in teaching can be daunting due to the ever-changing landscape of education you regularly have to adapt to new initiatives and responsibilities. The aim of this course is to provide a starting point to enable you to develop a reflective approach to respond quickly to these challenges. Throughout the course you will be supported in reflecting on your practice to identify your strengths and professional development needs. You’ll gain advice and support from both experienced tutors and fellow learners in areas such as behavior management, assessment and managing workload as well as many others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds We know that as a teacher you are very busy therefore the course is purposefully designed to be flexible and fit in around the time you have available. Feel free to move their activities at your own pace and make the course work for you. We hope that this course will ride a safe and supportive learning environment in which you can reflect on and develop your teaching practice to benefit you not just now but for the rest of your career.

What topics will you cover?

  • Reflective practice and how this can be used to review and develop teaching and learning.
  • Strategies for managing workload.
  • Approaches to effective behaviour management in order to promote behaviours for learning.
  • The use of assessment for learning (AFL) strategies to effectively assess the progress and learning needs of children.
  • Approaches for providing appropriate challenge and differentiation.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop your understanding and use of reflective practice to review and identify your own professional development needs.
  • Reflect on, develop and extend your understanding and application of a range of behaviour management strategies.
  • Reflect on and develop your assessment for learning (AFL) approaches to identify the learning needs of your students.
  • Reflect on and develop your pedagogical approach to teaching and learning, including providing appropriate challenge and support for your students.
  • Develop effective strategies for managing and prioritising workload.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily for teachers starting out in their careers, but will be of use to teachers at any stage of their career.

Who will you learn with?

I qualified to teach in 1997, and have taught all year groups, in addition to leading two primary schools. I am now a Lecturer in Primary Education. I specialise in science and professional studies.

I'm a lecturer in Primary Education at UEA. I have taught across several year groups and held senior leadership roles in different primary schools. Before teaching, I was an analytical chemist.

Lecturer in Primary Education (Mathematics) at UEA. Father of 2, living in North Norfolk. Experienced classroom practitioner enjoying the opportunity to make a difference.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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