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Choosing schools for Primary Placements, advice please

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by JillStephens, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Hello, I am starting Primary teacher training in January and have some freedom about the schools in which I do my placements. I need to do two placements, a five week and an eight week, one KS1, one KS2. I am hoping to make smart choices at this stage to help me get a job when the time comes and of course, to become a good teacher!
    The school I am currently working in (as a TA) is a two form entry in a city with a mixed intake and 50 languages spoken. It is judged to be 'good with outstanding features'.
    I am thinking that contrasting placements would give me the broadest range of experience and am thinking of trying to get one placenet in a village school (small entry, there are quite a few locally) and another in a school with more challenging pupils.
    What do you think is best for my training and for employers? Trying to get placements in good/ outstanding schools so I can see what is judged to be good practice, or showing I can cope somewhere that is less than thriving? Am I wasting an opportuinity going to a C of E school (most of the village schools are) when I am not C of E so would probably not get employed in a church school?!
    Any advice would be gratefully appreciated, either as to how to give myself the best training experience, or what employers are looking for! Good wishes, Jill
     
  2. Hello, I am starting Primary teacher training in January and have some freedom about the schools in which I do my placements. I need to do two placements, a five week and an eight week, one KS1, one KS2. I am hoping to make smart choices at this stage to help me get a job when the time comes and of course, to become a good teacher!
    The school I am currently working in (as a TA) is a two form entry in a city with a mixed intake and 50 languages spoken. It is judged to be 'good with outstanding features'.
    I am thinking that contrasting placements would give me the broadest range of experience and am thinking of trying to get one placenet in a village school (small entry, there are quite a few locally) and another in a school with more challenging pupils.
    What do you think is best for my training and for employers? Trying to get placements in good/ outstanding schools so I can see what is judged to be good practice, or showing I can cope somewhere that is less than thriving? Am I wasting an opportuinity going to a C of E school (most of the village schools are) when I am not C of E so would probably not get employed in a church school?!
    Any advice would be gratefully appreciated, either as to how to give myself the best training experience, or what employers are looking for! Good wishes, Jill
     

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