Below is some basic information on the PGCE Survival Guide- more detailed information can be found on the guides new website-

The PGCE Survival guide-

the Essential guide to your teacher training.

Fed up of reading boring theory book after theory book?

Want to know what being a trainee teacher is really like?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get real tips, from real teachers?

Well let me introduce the PGCE Survival Guide- a ‘refreshing’ teaching book.

Click here to download the book, or click here to buy a printed version for £6.91

It’s full of useful and practical, hints, tips and advice from recent PGCE graduates and more experienced teachers covering every  element  of teacher training, from your first day at university, through the hectic world of placements (with lots of valuable teaching tips)  to finding a job- we have it all covered!

You won’t find countless chapters about educational theory- just real tips and advice from real teachers.

The PGCE survival guide also includes #pgcetips –  over 250 super useful hints and tips from the education community on twitter- all in under 140 characters!

The book is available in 2 forms:-

  • As a paper back (148 pages, A4, perfect bound, greyscale with colour cover) for only £6.91 – using LuLu’s print on demand service
  • As a free download (PDF, full colour)- again from LuLu

The book will be a useful companion throughout your PGCE year and will be something you can  pick up and dip into again and again!

Our previewers have also commented how useful the book could be to qualified teachers- both NQT’s and those with more experience- so why not check it out.

The book is edited by Tim Handley, a recent PGCE graduate from the university of East Anglia and illustrated by Helen Morgan.

Inside the book you will find contributions from over 100 teachers including:- Nikki Davies, Oliver Quinlan, Mark Howell, Alan Parkinson,  Jenny Harvey, Emma Dawson, Gerald Haigh, Amanda O’Dell, Ryan Delaney and Sarah Brownsword.

We’d love to hear what you think of the book- eitheir comment on this page or send an e-mail to pgcetips [at] classroomtales [dot com]

Click here to download or buy the book!

A blog post launching the book and with full thanks etc can be found here.

Want to share the book?

Great- I’d love the word to be spread as far and wide as possible about the book!

If you want to link to a page about the book- please link to this page using

If you want to link direct to LuLu please contact me for  links that  track the number of visitors – as I want to keep a track on how many downloads the book has!

Are you involved in training teachers?

Why not recommend the PGCE Survival guide to your trainee teachers?  That way they can benefit from the piratical tips, hints and advice from over 100 qualified teachers and education professionals throughout their teacher training.

We’d love to know if it’s recommended to trainees- just send us an e-mail to the address above- we’d love to hear from you.  We will also have sample e-mails and publicity for you to use- again just e-mail!

The legal ‘License ‘ bit.

The liscenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License .  This basically means you can share and distribute the book for non commercial purposes.  Any ‘derivatives’ (changes) to the book need to be approved first and you cannot sell the book or download.

Whilst the Creative Commons License for this book entitles you to distribute the work for non-commercial use, we’d love to hear about any re-distribution so we can ‘keep track’ of the book and it’s readership- just e-mail us as pgcetips[at]classroomtales [dot com] !

Click here to download or buy the book!