What if it were my classroom

Student in Classroom

What if it were my classroom… It’s green. Not just any shade of green. A juicy shade of green that you only want to imagine floating around in your weekly gin and tonic. “This is your new classroom, you will be spending most of your placement time in here,” welcomed my new mentor; as my […]

How to Organise the Unorganised


How to Organise the Unorganised It’s 7:30pm on a Sunday, I’ve just finished my roast dinner with my family and the busy week I have ahead of me is creeping in… At the start of my teacher training, I used to get the ‘Sunday scaries’ where I would freak out about the following week because […]

Resilience, Reflection & Perspective

John Taylor SCITT

Over the last couple of weeks in the National Forest Teaching School we set the trainees a task of writing a short 350+ word reflective blog on an area of their choice but closely aligned to their current emerging professional practice.

The Modelling, Mentoring and Coaching Paradigm

John Taylor SCITT

Within the National Forest Teaching School Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision we want our trainee teachers to be supported by a range of practitioners that can utilise a wealth of experience and to move interchangeably between mentoring and coaching to aid in the development of their emerging professional practice.

NQT Conference December 2018

John Taylor SCITT

On the 7th December we were pleased to welcome over 40 NQTs from 17 schools across the National Forest Teaching School Alliance to our NQT Conference.

Mentoring Moments

Teacher Mentoring

Effective mentoring takes time and the results may not be immediate or obvious.

First Half Term Done

First Half Term

First Half Term Done Wow – what a whirlwind! Now where to start. It feels like it was only yesterday that I walked through the doors to the National Forest Teaching school and my home school. Now, I’ve survived my first half term, and oh what a feeling that is. The first couple of weeks […]

The “Little Simba” Moments

Teacher Training

Many of us will know the story of the Lion King. The tale of a young lion overcoming personal challenges, making new friends and finding his own way through his journey.

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