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Teach writing to young learners the fun way. As a former writing teacher, I’ve studied the art of teaching writing for many years. So when I find a program that supports parents in teaching writing to their children, I want to shout it from the rooftops!

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Teach online account for free? Are you starting out as an online primary school teacher? Has your school just closed down due to the Coronavirus crisis? I have spent the last few weeks finding the best alternatives you can try with your class. Naturally, all the resources I will be listing as free.

  1. The first time you try to cross the field, it's tricky and you have to constantly push the grass down to forge a path from one side to another. The next day, the grass might be slightly bent, but it's still a real trek to the other side of the field. And the third day, it becomes a little easier.
  2. After a stressful week full of an observation for both myself and my co-teacher, I’m excited to spend the weekend relaxing, creating for my class, exercising (possibly) and sleeping. But first cuddles with this face.

What online teaching platform do I use?

I highly recommend using Zoom as your teach online account. You first download the Zoom software from here – – and open it from there as it is much, much easier to use than the browser version.

I then set up a recurring meeting as then I can send this list out to parents and they can use it again and again, I also make a contact list of students, which is also much easier when it comes to inviting the students to each lesson.

Hamilton Trust Teach Online Account – Freely Weekly teaching packs

You can access weekly English and Maths teaching packs for free from . You can also click here to go directly into their public Google drive file.

Hamilton Trust has always been by first place to visit. It has a well thought out program and it keeps the children happy as they have the appropriate levels of learning, while also keeping the parents happy, This is a perfect first place to get your weekly online English and maths resources. In addition, Hamilton trust is also offering these free to share teaching resources to further support or extend children.

Are you looking for a more Teach Online Account?

I am also a big fan of Twinkl teaching resources. I was already an ultimate user before the Coronavirus crisis as they have a comprehensive amount of teaching resources for all ages, in a wide range of different languages. You can click here to get the FREE TWINKL voucher code, straight from the Twinkl website.

I am particularly impressed that they offer a daily set of lessons across the school for all the different ages of children. They have lessons for children from the age of 3 to 16. These lessons and resources can provide you with a full days worth of lessons. They also cover all the other subjects such as sport and topic work.

Did you know there is a free Scolastic Teach Online Account?

This is my third and final addition to my free teach online account ideas. There is the wonderful free Scolastic Learn at home site – which has a huge number of different teaching and learning ideas for you to try with your child.

I use a mix of different teaching resources, including of course free Big Maths resources. I have found that keeping it simple is the answer. The school set up new email accounts with Google drives attached to make sharing the information with the parents. Likewise, I also only have only one resource open at a time to keep the speed of the computer up and the internet traffic down.

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People inevitably differ on opinions about TeachFirst, the training route for “high-achieving graduates”. We can debate those opinions all day and I’m happy to do so. But too often those debates are hampered by ideas about TeachFirst which simply aren’t true. So, below, I’ve written out the main ones and tried to put the record straight. What I have written is based on my years as a participant (2006-08), then a tutor, then an in-school participant mentor.

1. TeachFirsters only have six weeks of training. Categorically not true. Yes, participants do a six-week Summer Institute before starting in their classrooms. Think of it as a really really intensive way of doing those first PGCE bits (nb: it’s residential, 6 weeks, twelve hour days). And don’t worry, the tutors at the Institute are HE tutors – many of whom have worked for years with PGCE and GTPs, or still do alongside their TF work. Even so, this is not all of the training. For the whole first year participants also have two HE tutors – a professional and a subject one – who observe them regularly. They have an in-school mentor and a TeachFirst Learning Development Officer. They do similar essays to PGCE students (theory, development, SEN, etc). They complete their QTS folder (like everyone else), and they attend half-termly day-release subject training sessions. Beyond that there are optional activities: conference, evening workshops, and there is the online community where you can gain help or discuss issues. Oh, and there’s the journal – with weekly reflections. All this, plus having their own classes that regularly monitored and observed in-school. Hence, to suggest that TeachFirsters “only have six weeks training” is not only wrong, but when you have been through the programme it actually feels quite insulting.

2. TeachFirst only takes the “brightest” students, but being bright doesn’t mean you can teach. Of all the myths, this drives me most daft. If accurate, it would read: “TeachFirst doesn’t even take the “brightest” students”. Academically you do need to be decent: a 2:1 or above (from any university). But on its own, that’s not enough. There are also 8 competencies that are tested over the full-day assessment centre all participants go through. A process which has been monitored and continually improved by one of the most professional graduate recruitment teams imaginable. If during assessment participants don’t meet a high score on each criteria, they can’t go on the programme. Every year of its existence (at least until 2011) TeachFirst recruited under-quota because it would rather have fewer trainees than take someone who doesn’t meet standards on the day. Why? Because doing training while also teaching a full NQT load is really very challenging, so they want people to demonstrate the abilities needed to do it well. The entry requirements are not there to say that someone with a 2:2 can’t teach or wouldn’t be an excellent teacher who is even better than a TeachFirster. But when there is so much for a trainee to do on the programme, it’s reasonable to ask for the ability to achieve well in a structured environment (as demonstrated by a 2:1) and then check this alongside all the other skills needed – resilience, leadership, etc.

3. TeachFirsters all leave after two years. On average 60% of participants stay in teaching for a third year. By 5 years that number dips to approximately 40%. Given that teachers through any route who teach in challenging schools have higher turnover rates this number is only to be expected. It’s also true that younger teachers have higher turnover rates, and TFs are predominantly (though by no means all) under 35. Given that general teacher turnover over five years is around the 50% mark you can see that 40% is really not so problematic. It’s also worth pointing out that an estimated 20% of participants also stay in education in other ways – e.g. my studying for a PhD in education, or going into HE to become teacher trainers.

4. TeachFirsters are unqualified teachers. No, TeachFirsters in their first year are trainee teachers. While unqualified in the technical sense, they are unqualified teachers on a programme to achieve QTS. This is distinct from people teaching without qualification and not taking part in any training (so are ‘unqualified teachers’ in the classic sense). In the second year TeachFirsters are newly qualified teachers. This confusion arises because schools, at a minimum, paid TeachFirsters at level 2 on the “unqualified teacher” pay scale in the first year.

5. TeachFirst is just a new name for FastTrack Teaching. Nope again. TeachFirst is a route for training new teachers. Fasttrack was a programme to help new teachers improve quickly and go on to become future lead practitioners. They are really quite different.

6. There’s a “secret handshake” that TeachFirsters all know. Maybe I’ll leave this unanswered just to keep a little mystery….. 😉

One final point: Hopefully this covers a lot of what people are confused about, but I can also imagine some people are now chomping at the bit. However, before you write in the comments that “I knew a TeachFirst and they were awful/boring/arrogant/brilliant/genius” do remember that this is likely true for every training route. Furthermore,TeachFirst isn’t bullet proof. An occasional participant makes it through on interview and falls apart at school for a whole heap of reasons. Whether that should be allowed to happen is one of the things we can debate but, please, let’s do it on the basis of what the programme actually is rather than on hearsay or the random TF duffer who once taught in a classroom next to you.

Okay, real final point: I’ve worked less with TF participants since 2011 so if something has changed for the latest cohort rendering something above unintelligible do let me know so I can change it.

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Further Reading

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Brett Wigdortz’s Autobiography which explains why and how he set up the company