On a 4 year KS2/3 course, and I've just finished my second year, secondary placement and feeling completely inadequate. We've spent the past 2 years focusing on subject knowledge with pedagogy, and as a science specialist I've had little input on literacy (apart from one module last year). We were made to teach a range of secondary subject despite being science specialists and only got to teach 25% science. The other classes we taught weren't setted, and we had WAL of 2-7 in one class and II get the distinct impression that school expected us (there was more than one of us in the same school) to be able to do more. For example, I had no idea of what literacy support for low-attaining pupils or what activities I could do to support the pupils learning. To be honest I wasn't expecting to have to teach anything other than science nor was I expecting to have to teach pupils who weren't setted at secondary level. My placement last year didn't prepare me for this at all, nor did the year I spent working in a secondary school before I started my course. I've left feeling utterly useless and seriously considering teaching as a career, despite loving working with children and science. I don't feel like placement taught me or trained me in anything, other than making me feel inadequate.