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In at the Deep End

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Summary

A newly qualified teacher (NQT) has been thrown in at the deep end. He's been given primary responsibility for planning and delivering a new vocational GCSE in manufacturing. And today's Year 10 lesson is not going well.

Behaviour expert John Bayley observes that secondary D&T teacher Bruce Duxbury's class management is excellent, but his lesson is inadequately planned. The technology pupils don't seem to be learning much in his class at Chiswick Community School in west London.

John is particularly struck by Bruce's lacklustre teaching style, which is surprising given his busy life outside school as a competition ballroom dancer. He encourages Bruce to: put some of his performing skills into his teaching; be clearer in structuring lessons and explaining key concepts; and seek more pedagogical help from his head of department.

Later in the week Bruce teaches the same class again and displays distinct improvements.

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