You are here

Sage online ordering services are currently unavailable due to network disruption. We are working to restore service as soon as possible. In the meantime, our books are still available widely via retailers and online. Inspection copies can be requested direct from Vitalsource.
If you need further assistance please visit our Contact us page for further information. Thank you for your patience and we apologise for the inconvenience.
Training to Teach

Training to Teach
A Guide for Students

Third Edition
Edited by:
Additional resources:

October 2015 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Teaching is a tough and challenging job and society demands more from its teachers than ever before. This new edition is an essential companion for those training to teach, providing an overview of important professional issues that all future teachers need to engage with in order to succeed in the classroom.

Aiming to give you the confident start you need in the classroom, this third edition is equally valuable to those training to teach in both primary and secondary education, and includes:

•             New chapters on: inclusion; school-based training; creativity; and digital technologies

•             Increased coverage of behaviour management

•             A new feature outlining the relevant Teachers’ Standards at the start of each chapter

 The accompanying website, has been updated to include additional material expanding on and complementing the contents of the book.

 This book is essential reading for professional studies modules on both primary and secondary initial teacher education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on university-based and school-based training courses.


Neil Denby is recently retired from the School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield and now works as an independent educational consultant.

Learning to teach: An introduction
Relationships with children and young people
Professionalism, the professional duties of teachers and legal requirements
Child protection issues
Communication and collaboration
School-based training
Understanding the roles of specialist colleagues
Developing skills for career progress
Managing your classroom environment
Behaviour strategies in challenging classrooms
Beginning to understand how young people learn
Approaches to teaching and learning 1: Developing a range
Approaches to teaching and learning 2: Planning, progression and sequence
Approaches to teaching and learning 3: Differentiation and personalising provision
Using digital technologies in teaching strategies
Teaching pupils with English as an Additional Language
Understanding and using assessment and feedback
The rights of the child
Cross-curricular planning issues
Cross-curricular teaching issues
Accessing and using statistical information
Your first teaching post: Applications, interviews and induction

Having identified the varied routes into teaching in a clear jargon-free way, Training to Teach explores through case study the key skills and experiences necessary to be a successful trainee teacher. Chapters promote both group and self-reflection very effectively.

A valuable addition is the exploration of creativity which explores not only how to inspire creativity in your students but also how to nurture and develop your own creativity and addresses concerns that a creative approach is incompatible with achievement in formal assessments. 

Marion Hobbs
Senior Lecturer Primary Education, Edge Hill University

This new edition offers new teacher trainees an up-to-date understanding of key aspects of their practice. It outlines the theoretical thinking which underpins practice succinctly, but in a local and thoughtful manner, to ensure that new professionals are able to engage with the content effectively. 

It offers practical advice which new professionals can embed in their practice but it also enables them to reflect effectively in and on their practice with a variety of reflection tasks.

It is not only an academic piece but a practical guide which encourages deep reflection in practice which will ensure that new teachers are able to deepen their learning effectively.

A real must read for new practitioners starting their journey as trainees. 

Lizana Oberholzer
Director, The Buckingham Partnership SCITT

Training to Teach 3rd Edition supports the process of training to teach, regardless of route or age-phase. It is a work-in-progress in the best possible way: the contributors acknowledge that education is ever-changing and here they provide pertinent guidance for those navigating the early stages of their teaching career. 

Branwen Bingle
Senior Lecturer in Primary ITE, University of Worcester

Very well written, and user-friendly. I especially like that this was written by professors in North Carolina, and is extra relevant to our North Carolina students.

Dr Betty Hubschman
Education, Carolina University
May 17, 2022

Fabulous book for teacher training or PSET course. Highly recommended

Mrs Yasmin License
Accounting, Bradford College
May 12, 2022

A highly practical and appropriate guide for our primary undergraduate students in their Professional studies module.

Education, Liverpool John Moores University
January 8, 2020

Easy to use and covers a great range of topics that trainee (and/or NQT) teachers need.

Ms Maria McArdle
School of Education, University of Bedfordshire
March 30, 2016

This is an excellent sources for master degree students.

Professor Micheal van Wyk
Curriculum and Instructional Studies, University of South Africa (Unisa)
July 23, 2016

Useful advice on all aspects of teaching for trainee teachers, links made to Teacher Standards. Very accessible.

Miss Audrey B. Wood
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
August 22, 2016

This is an excellent and concise introduction to the subject. Certainly one I would recommend my year 1 DET students or possibly the more adventurous AET trainees.

Mr Peter D Lyon
professional development, Ealing, Hammersmith & W.London College
November 6, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Denby Chapter 1

Denby Chapter 16