Suggestions for preparing yourself to teach A-level

  1. As trainees, ask for opportunities to sit in on, and then team-teach, A-level classes if the school runs them.
  2. 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.
  3. Don’t forget that you have at least 3 years' more physics experience than your students.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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