Brilliant Trainee Teacher

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​Although, as the title indicates, this book is pitched at those who are contemplating, or in the process of completing, teacher training – and contains a wealth of specific advice on such key topics as choosing the right course and making the most of school experience weeks – there is much in Denise Smith’s bright and inspiring overview of the journey towards Qualified Teacher Status that you are likely to find fresh, inspiring and relevant regardless of how much classroom experience you actually have under your belt. The message that excellence is not only desirable, but also genuinely achievable for everyone, could risk coming across as patronising or relentlessly Pollyanna-ish in the wrong hands, but Smith keeps her feet firmly on the ground throughout, remembers her own time as a trainee, and shares her guide to best practice with both humour and easy authority.