Richard and Karen are two Manchester Metropolitan University students training to be teachers. Richard has spent one week observing at a school and will teach his first class in. They hope placement at difficult schools will help them gain confidence.
Karen hopes being a parent will help her create a balance of discipline and respect in the classroom. Richard prepares for his first class, hoping the students do not give him a hard time.
Trainee art teacher Lisa struggles to manage her family life with the demands of the training course. Lisa's university tutor arrives for a formal observation of her class.
Karen is in her third week of classroom teaching and still finds the students slightly intimidating. Karen's mentor believes her idea of what makes a good teacher has been challenged. Richard's tutor observes him during a difficult experiment.
Lisa struggles with the busy schedule, but enjoys teaching more than any other job she has had. Karen manages a bad class.
Credits: Class Act: Episode 2
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The trainees have left the observing behind them and are in new schools until Christmas. Now they will have to stand alone and get used to being observed by school mentors and university tutors. Karen faces her first day at a school in Bolton. Her girls’ grammar school background will do little to prepare her for what she is about to experience. Her husband knows that she is going to find the next year very hard. With an army and rugby background, Richard is fairly confident in the classroom. But the first lesson he has to teach is physics, to a group of 15-year-olds, and Richard’s degree is in biology. Lisa has always been embarrassed about her Salford accent but she is made even more aware of it when she is sent to a school in affluent Cheshire. Having taught her first lesson she then has to demonstrate her skills in front of her university tutor.
Length: 30 minutes
Copyright date: ©2001
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