For all undergraduate, postgraduate and school-based routes to qualified teacher status, Learning to Teach in the Secondary School is an essential introduction to the key skills and knowledge needed to become a secondary teacher. Underpinned by evidence-informed practice and focussing on what you need to know to thrive in the classroom, the eighth edition is fully updated in light of changes in the field, covers new topics and provides additional guidance on topics such as developing your resilience, using digital technologies, closing the achievement gap and using data to inform your teaching and pupil learning.

The text includes a wealth of examples and tasks to demonstrate how to successfully apply theory to practice and how to critically reflect on and analyse your practice to maximise pupil learning. The wide range of pedagogical features supports both school- and university-based work up to Masters level. Written by experts in the field, the 37 concise units create unit-by-unit coverage that can be dipped into, offering guidance on all aspects of learning to teach including:

  • Managing your workload
  • Lesson planning
  • Curriculum
  • Motivating pupils
  • Promoting behaviour for learning
  • Assessment, marking and feedback
  • Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Applying for jobs, developing as a professional and networking

Learning to Teach in the Secondary School provides practical help and guidance for many of the situations and potential challenges you are faced with in school. The text is extended by a companion website that includes additional information as well as specific units covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Supported by the subject-specific titles in the Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series, it is an essential purchase for every aspiring secondary school teacher.

chapter |5 pages


part |2 pages

Becoming a teacher

chapter |19 pages

What do teachers do?

chapter |17 pages

Developing your resilience

Managing stress, workload and time

chapter |11 pages

Developing your resilience

Managing stress, workload and time

part |2 pages

Beginning to teach

chapter |19 pages

Reading classrooms

How to maximise learning from classroom observation

part |2 pages

Classroom interactions and managing pupils

chapter |22 pages

Motivating pupils

chapter |20 pages

Managing classroom behaviour

Adopting a positive approach

part |2 pages

Meeting individual differences

part |2 pages

Helping pupils learn

chapter |15 pages

Ways pupils learn

chapter |22 pages

Active learning

chapter |14 pages

Teaching styles

chapter |13 pages

Improving your teaching

An introduction to practitioner research, reflective practice and evidence-informed practice

chapter |13 pages

Closing the achievement gap

Self-regulation and personalising learning

chapter |12 pages


Classroom practice and the brain

part |1 pages

The school, curriculum and society

part |2 pages

Your professional development

chapter |18 pages

Getting your first post

chapter |14 pages

Developing further as a teacher

chapter |16 pages


chapter |4 pages

And finally