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3rd of 4th year bachelor of primary education student seeking teaching experience in Scotland.

Discussion in 'Scotland - prospective teachers' started by KKMAYERS, Oct 4, 2016.


    KKMAYERS New commenter

    I'm in my 3rd year of a 4 year joint Hons bachelor of primary education with science specialism and QTS degree course and I'm due to begin an "alternative school experience placement" in December. I would like to arrange for 2-4 weeks of this placement to take place in a Scottish primary school. This would mean that accommodation would need to be arranged too.
    Please can anyone offer some advice as to how to go about finding a suitable placement?
    I would be deeply grateful for any good pointers.
  2. Mazod

    Mazod Occasional commenter

    I may have misunderstood your post but are you saying that a school would need to provide accommodation for you? I would suggest that this would be highly unlikely to happen. The school would be doing you a massive favour by allowing you to complete a placement there rather than the opposite way round. Remember that most schools will already receive students from Scottish universities on a regular basis and also that as you are unfamiliar (I assume) with the Scottish education system it will be hard for a school to see where you could add value rather than simply providing them with extra work. Sorry not to be more positive.

    KKMAYERS New commenter

    No, I wasn't looking for accommodation to be provided, sorry for the lack of clarity, but only that I would need to organise that too, so if there happened to be a school that would have me, they may be able to suggest somewhere in the locality.
    I agree, the school would be doing me a massive favour by allowing me to spend two weeks of my placement there, but I can assure you that I am quite capable and able to "add value" should I be given the chance.
    Again, I'm sorry if I somehow caused you to feel offended by my original post.
  4. Mazod

    Mazod Occasional commenter

    I'm not the least bit offended! I misunderstood the accommodation aspect and wanted to be honest with you that it was probably a long shot to have that arranged alongside it. I am sure you are a more than capable teacher and ordinarily I wouldn't question your ability to add value to a classroom however, the problem is that the Scottish system is different from the English one (which I have no knowledge of) and so I would be concerned that a Scottish school would perhaps question how valuable it would be to have a student from the English system on placement when they are already obliged to take on students from Scottish universities. However, I wish you the very best of luck and hope you find something!

    KKMAYERS New commenter

    My wish to spend time in a Scottish school is based on my recent comparative study of the Scottish and English curriculums and policy.
    The Scottish system wowed me. It appears to me to be far better and so I want to experience it first hand.
    Thank you for your good wishes.
    Kind regards.

  6. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    Best bet is just to contact schools directly. Most have at least the headteachers' name somewhere on a website, so, choose your area, pick a few schools, and on you go. For accomodation, you might be best looking in and around the main cities, though.

    If you don't mind rural, I would try contacting schools in Dumfries & Galloway. I know they have recruited from England in the past, and there are a lot of teachers there who have trained in England too, so that might be worth exploring.

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