I’m proud to ‘unveil’ the PGCE Survival Guide- a refreshing type of teaching book!

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Full details about the book can be found on the books page on this blog- use the url http://bit.ly/pgceguide to share it!

The PGCE Survival guide is available in 2 forms:-

As a free download  here

As a  ‘printed’ book, for only £6.91  here

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 over the past few weeks.

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 jobIntro – we have it covered!  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, firt hand, experience of teaching and teacher training.

The few ‘lucky’ people who have had a sneak preview of the book have also commented on how useful some of the content could be for qualified teachers- both NQT’s and those further on in their career.

A few facts about the book:-

  • It’s 143 full A4 pages in length
  • It contains 58, 811 words
  • It has contains tweets from 104 different users!
  • It’s licenced under creative commons (for more details, see the books page)

The book is available in 2 options-  as a free download (full colour, PDF). or a printed book (A4, perfect bound, greyscale with colour covers) via lulu’s print on demand service for only £6.91.  The book is the type of book which will be good to ‘dip into’ for quick advice, hints and tips and hopefully the low price, achieved by opting for a high quality greyscale interior (which still looks ace!) of the printed version will make ordering a physical copy of the book ‘achievable’ for those who want to purchase a copy.

A massive thankyou needs to go out to all of our tweeters, but also to:-

Nikki Davis, Oliver Quinlian, Mark Howell, Alan Parkinson, Jenny Harvey, Emma Dawson, Gerald Haigh, Amanda O’Dell, Ryan Delaney and Sarah Brownsword

who have all contributed sections of invaluable advice to the book.

Pose RingMajor thanks also has to go to Helen Morgan (@nelmog) for lending her amazing illustration skills to provider the wonderful illustrations for the book  and to Nikki Davis for taking on the huge task of proof reading the book!

Please spread the word about the book to everyone you know!  I will ‘market’ the book to training providers in the early part of next week- but if you are involved in teacher training, please consider recommending the book (which can be viewed for free afterall!) to your new trainees!

Producing the book has been a fantastic adventure for me.  I have really enjoyed every minute of it,  learnt new skills (especially all about page layout!) and found reading all of the wonderful tips sent in really enjoyable (and useful!).

I’d love to hear your feedback on the book!

Thankyou to everyone involved once again!


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