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    School direct charter

    The National Education Union has produced this 22-point checklist as a guide for School Direct trainee teachers setting out the minimum expectations for their teacher training year.

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    Starting pay on appointment

    This guidance is aimed at new teachers and those returning to teaching service after a break. It explains the basics of the pay structure and gives advice on ensuring you are fairly paid and able to seek the most favourable use of pay discretions.

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    Legal responsibilities

    Like others on the way to gaining QTS, you may be feeling anxious about your legal position while in the classroom. This brief summary should help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

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    Social media

    Tips for trainee members on using social media responsibly, including student contact on social media and privacy.

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    The role of a mentor

    Advice for trainee members on the role of a mentor, how to work best with your mentor and what to do if you feel you are not being supported.

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    Observations

    What to expect from classroom observations as a trainee teacher, including feedback, professional reviews and formal assessment meetings.

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    Induction checklist

    What you should know before you start your induction, the support you should expect during the induction programme, your timetable, raising concerns and professional development.

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    Managing behaviour

    Advice for trainees on managing behaviour in the classroom, including physical and social contact and infatuations.

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    Lesson planning

    Advice for trainee members on lesson planning, timing and pacing, and tips on how to save time.

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    New and trainee teachers

    Advice, tips and publications for new and trainee teachers on starting your teaching placement, lesson planning and behaviour management as well as frequently asked questions. 

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    Starting your teaching placement

    What to expect on your teaching placement, including advice on what you should and should not be asked to do in the classroom.

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    Before you start your teaching placement

    Guidance on what you can do to ensure you have the best start on your trainee placement, including a visit to the school and familiarising yourself with policies and procedures.