Suggestions for preparing yourself to teach A-level
- As trainees, ask for opportunities to sit in on, and then team-teach, A-level classes if the school runs them.
- If interviewed for an NQT post that could include A-level teaching, quiz the school about provision of external training, specialist mentoring and so on.
- Don’t forget that you have at least 3 years' more physics experience than your students.
- If you think you would like to teach A-level, jump in there immediately. Don’t leave it as it can end up being one of those mental blocks which get scarier and scarier.
- If you are the only specialist in your school, explore the possibilities for working with other local schools’ sixth forms and sharing the teaching and SoWs.