Anyone watching this? - it's on BBC 3.
Basically they are following 6 young trainee secondary school teachers, who are on the Teach First programme. They are all graduates and have 6 weeks training before being thrown in at the deep end and learning "on the job."
It has been quite disturbing, because of the lack of support and guidance they are getting, especially in the task of classroom management, some of which is going wrong because they are not being sufficiently clear with their classes and failing to pick up on those who are struggling. But they are also dealing with some problem city schools with pupils who would challenge the most experienced of teachers.
They are pleasant young people, but I am coming to the conclusion that the the scheme is fair neither to the aspiring teachers, nor to their pupils.
I was particularly concerned about the young male teacher who was asked to teach about sex and relationships. (his main subject was maths). He had a very strict religious take on it (which is to be respected) but admitted he knew noting about sex (never having done it) and he had a very narrow view on masturbation and managed to convey a sense of guilt about this to a group of pubertal young pupils. I do think the school should have made sure about what he was going to say and what his views were beforehand, so as to be sure that he might not set up guilt in young impressionable people. He did, to be fair to him, have the sense to ask one of the female trainee teachers to talk to the girls about periods - but it should not have been left to him to find his own way of covering this. He should have had proper guidance and assistance, and been able to talk beforehand about what the school's sex education policy is.
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