Newly qualified teacher Tim Handley (@tomhenzley on Twitter) has put together an excellent guide to surviving your PGCE year. It’s a crowdsourced book, pulling in the experience of Tim’s PGCE year as well as a wealth of information shared by experienced teachers via Twitter.

Inside the book you will find 143 pages full of hints, tips and advice intended for those who are embarking on, or who are currently on any form of teacher training. There is a mixture of articles, blog posts and of course the 250 tweets which were sent into the #pgcetips hashtag via Twitter.

Every element of the teacher training year is covered- from the first day on the course, through the hectic world of placements (with lots of teaching tips!) to finding a job. The emphasis is on practical and relevant content which will be of real use (and hopefully help) to a trainee teacher, not on educational theory. It is based on the contributors, who are all teachers, advisors or trainee teachers real, first hand, experience of teaching and teacher training.

You can download the guide for free, or you can purchase a printed edition for £6.91 via Lulu. Click here for the links to both versions.

Well done to Tim and to everyone involved in producing the guide, it’s an excellent resource for all teachers starting out on their PGCE. I’ve shared it over on Scitt Science so that my own PGCE students will see it.