Teacher Tapp is an app used by thousands of teachers each day to tell the world about their working lives and learn how to get better at their job by reading our curated daily stream of articles and blog posts.

But the questions we feed to our general Teacher Tapp panel aren’t quite right for trainee teachers on courses where they are not in school every day. So, we are working with those involved in teacher training at universities and schools to create a set of questions and tips that are perfect for trainees.

Sounds great! How can trainee teachers sign up?

  1. Simply go to the google play or iTunes app store and download the Teacher Tapp app
  2. Open the app and follow the sign-up procedure. No need to type in a school name if you don’t have one. Instead, when it asks whether you have a voucher code, type in #trainee. This is really important because it ensures you get the right questions.
  3. If you are already using Teacher Tapp, you can switch to the #trainee questions by typing the code in via the menu at the top left of the app.
  4. Make sure the app is somewhere on your phone so that you can see when it has questions for you at 3:30pm every day.
  5. That it! Get answering questions and reading useful articles about teaching and learning.

What sort of questions do you ask the trainees?

We start the year with some general background and opinion questions while everyone gets started on their courses.

Then, each Sunday between October and May half-terms, we ask trainee teachers whether or not they are in school each day over the coming week. This means we can give them daily questions that are suitable for the kind of the experiences they might have had that day.

For example, if they are in school, we ask them questions about the success of their teaching, of what went well and what could have gone better, and about disruption in class.

Each week, we’ll also try to give trainee teachers a few questions from the main panel too so that they feel part of the wider Teacher Tapp experiment.

Can the Teacher Tapp data be used by universities for research and course improvement?

Absolutely. Our terms and conditions say we can’t provide individual-level data, but we are happy to discuss with you how we might provide aggregated data and analysis to help understand your trainee experience better.

To receive analysis for your institution we need you to ask your trainees to alter their code on the app to #trainee-yourinstitutionname. For example, if your institution name is Hogwarts University then ask your trainees to enter #trainee-hogwarts.