How To Start on Teach First by Joe Kirby

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Over forty Teach First participants and ambassadors have contributed to discussing, shaping and writing this book. Now that over four thousand of us have entered challenging classrooms around the country, the time is right to collect our ideas about what we wish we’d known when we started.

Our focus is on the burning questions that all new teachers need to answer: how to manage behaviour, plan your teaching, instruct in lessons and assess your students’ learning. The book is structured in those four sections: behaviour, planning, instruction and assessment.

At every turn, we’ve asked: will this save you time and improve your impact on learning? Our low-effort, high-impact strategies let you quickly and easily tap into our collective experience.

An accompanying dropbox account provides tools to take away and use, such as unit and lesson plan templates. There are also subject-specific editions as e-books on the questions of what and how to teach, starting in 2013 with English and Maths.



“A brilliant way of transferring both nuggets of wisdom and practical tools that have been tried and tested by participants, this book provides concise advice on how to overcome the hurdles in your first days of teaching. This has been requested every year by participants since 2003, so it’s been a long time coming. Some of the stories are gold dust!”
Ruth Carney, Teach First Participant President 2007-2008

“Written for teachers, by teachers, this book reminds me that there is no need for every Teach First participant to go through a baptism of fire. It shares tried-and-tested methods used in successful classrooms in challenging schools. Through a tight focus on the most pressing questions that participants have starting out in teaching, this book benefits from the collective experience of our community and is filled with ideas and suggestions that can be implemented from day one. If you only read one book before September, read this one!”
Edison Huynh, Teach First Participant President 2013-2014

"Written by teachers who are going through the daily highs and lows of becoming a teacher, this book clearly sets out steps, concepts and ideas that will support and challenge in equal measure. If you want to become a teacher, it is invaluable. A must-read."
Rebecca Cramer, Teach First Ambassador and Vice Principal, Reach Academy Feltham

“The strategies outlined in ‘How to start on Teach First’ represent the foundations of great teaching. I strongly recommend all Teach First trainees read this book."
Max Haimendorf, Teach First Ambassador and Headteacher, King Solomon Academy

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