Hello I just wanted to know if there is anyone out there who is doing their PGCE placement in a private school? My first placement is at a private school and I am finding it very difficult. They don't seem to be as willing to alllow me to use my own resources, have a very prescriptive way of teaching and the students are able to put pressure on teachers because of the money that is involved in it. Rather feeling that I am learning from this experience, I feel like I am constantly on trial because the teachers/ students are all from the same background and view me as an outsider. I was told by my mentor today that I was lucky to be in her classroom and that students pay thousands of pounds and are already judging me, even though they haven't seen me teach. They don't really follow the National Curriculum, don't have lesson objectives and rarely follow a lesson plan. Everything I need to find out down from IT to resources, I have to do myself, which I am willing to do but have an "attitude" from other members of staff who obviously don't want trainee teachers there. Anyone got any advice? I have put a lot on the line for this course and I am so sad to see my confidence destroyed like this.