Rachel Halsall, Head of Training at NE14 Languages / IH Newcastle, explains to Melanie Butler why the personal touch is key for trainers

How did you first get into teacher training?

I started off doing developmental observations and assisted lesson planning in my roles as senior teacher and Young Learner Coordinator, here at IH Newcastle, where I’ve been for nine years now. This led on naturally to training on Celta, Delta and other courses, and now I’m Head of Teacher Training.

What’s the best thing about being a trainer?

The way observing and thinking lessons through with others constantly refreshes and inspires your own teaching. Teaching is essential for trainers, but planning and running courses can take you out of the classroom. So I try to make the most of the opportunities I get. {..}

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