Experiences of training on an employment-based route into teaching in England

Griffiths, Vivienne (2007) Experiences of training on an employment-based route into teaching in England. Journal of In-Service Education, 33 (1). pp. 107-123. ISSN 1367 4587

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Abstract

In this article, experiences of beginning primary teachers on an English employment-based route into teaching, called the Graduate Teacher Programme, are presented and evaluated. Factors affecting the progress of trainee teachers on the programme are explored, including prior work experience, expectations of the participants and levels of support provided by the schools. In general, those with prior classroom experience found the transition into teaching easier than those for whom this was a major career change, although schools often gave too much responsibility to those who had worked in schools before. Personal, informal support was regarded as vital in boosting trainees' often low self confidence, whilst formal support was valued more in retrospect. Contextual features such as the culture of the school made a significant difference to how the beginning teachers perceived their progress. Findings are analysed with reference to studies of the Graduate Teacher Programme, mature students and workplace learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is based on individual research carried out over a three-year period and provides new knowledge about an under-researched employment-based route into teaching. Experiences of women teachers training on the Graduate Teacher Programme in England are presented through a case study approach within a feminist conceptual and methodological framework. The TDA and Ofsted have shown considerable interest in the findings, which highlight the importance of prior experience and contextual factors such as school culture and leadership. The research has significance to debates on access to teaching, women students and work-based learning and potential for impact on policy and practice. Findings have been disseminated at three international conferences in the UK, Europe and Australia.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Vivienne Griffiths
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:34
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 15:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26682
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