Griffiths, S. and Smith, A. (2011) Extended services in schools: developing resources to prepare student teachers for a rapidly changing working environment. Support for Learning.26(1), pp. 13-16. 1467-9604.
The role of schools in providing extended services to their communities continues to undergo change and development. This has raised issues regarding the training of student teachers who are increasingly likely to take up appointments in schools offering extended services. This research project investigated the development of resources to prepare student teachers for a changing working environment. The project used a case study approach to gather data from primary and secondary schools providing extended services. From these case studies training materials were developed and trialled with focus groups of students in initial teacher training. Findings demonstrate the importance for tutors in initial teacher education to have access to authentic school-focused materials to assist them in equipping students for the realities of school life