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Help... I'm about to fail my first placement

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by nehushta, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. My "mentor", not that he has even been in the class and offered advice (once a week, just to make sure that there is paperwork to show), is about to fail me, and has called in the university, despite this being my last few days at the school.
    What happens if I fail a first placement?
    I have just about all my standards ticked, but he is claiming that they are not consistant enough.
    I am worried sick and can't sleep, can hardly function either.
    What is the usual scenario for a failed 1st placement, repeat or action plan or thrown off the course?
     
  2. My "mentor", not that he has even been in the class and offered advice (once a week, just to make sure that there is paperwork to show), is about to fail me, and has called in the university, despite this being my last few days at the school.
    What happens if I fail a first placement?
    I have just about all my standards ticked, but he is claiming that they are not consistant enough.
    I am worried sick and can't sleep, can hardly function either.
    What is the usual scenario for a failed 1st placement, repeat or action plan or thrown off the course?
     
  3. Firstly, don't panic. There are strict procedures to go through if you are going to fail a student, which is very unlikely on a first placement anyway - the university I work with you just tick either meeting the standards or working towards meeting the standards at the end of the first placement. You can not be just failed especially not suddenly in the last few days before you finish the placement, you have to have gone through a cause for concern first and be given very clear targets to meet which relate to the areas in which you are struggling.
    So in answer the usual scenario
    -
    None of the above apply for first placement - you are just given clear areas to develop in your next practice. It then does become more serious if you don't start meeting them, but you will be aware of this as you will have been flagged up for a cause for concern.
    I would give your university tutor a ring or e-mail and ask for some help and clarification, which should put your mind at rest. Your course handbook should have guidance about what happens in this scenario and you can check that procedures are being followed. (This obviously applies to my experience as a mentor and the university that I work with - however from what I read on here, I think the cause for concern before a failed placement is generic.)
     
  4. I feel like I'm in a similar position to you, so don't worry too much, there's hundreds if not thousands of us out there!


    Providing you haven't done anything too bad, I'm positive that whatever issues there are for your particular situation CAN be smoothed out in your next placement.


    My university operates a "Cause for Concern" policy, which my university tutor explained that its not necessarily a bad thing but just something that needs to be worked on in the long term.


    To put my own CfC into perspective - my specialism is Spanish, and I was placed with a top set Year 9 French class in my first placement school. Having formally worked as a Teaching Assistant, I've never worked with top set children before, so was completely out of my depth on two counts. One with French and secondly with their desire and capability to learn!


    Their original teacher is the second in department, AND also my Professional Mentor at school - so it felt like I was being watched on two counts. I would spend hours putting lesson plans together, only for her to correct them by covering them in red ink. Although I respected her professional opinion in terms of teaching, her people skills weren't up to scratch in my opinion and she never made me feel like I was getting things right - if she ever did say it, I don't think she ever meant it. A classic personality clash!


    My organisation and (I admit) my work ethic also haven't been up to par this term, so I do deserve this CfC - it wouldn't be fair to my next placement school if they didn't know what they could be dealing with.


    I'm of the belief that if my university tutor thinks I can be a teacher, so can I. If you feel you've been treated unfairly, you need to let them know.


    Good luck. T
     
  5. well,
    I missed two standards and today was the last day. I was told that they we're going to "pass" me, so there was no point in me being there, so I was "escorted from the building".
    Spoke to uni, they have said I have to repeat the placement.
    ***
     
  6. internationalschools

    internationalschools New commenter

    How absolutely awful. Are you in a union?
     
  7. You are expected to hit all the standards in your first placement? That's outrageous.

    Arrange a formal meeting with your uni, you shouldn't have to repeat the placement. There should be a cause for concern procedure and your uni mentor should have been in to the school to find out the true position.
     
  8. Hi
    Your message is rather confusing - sodid they pass you or not?

    If not did the school follow the correct procedures for not passing you? Most providers have set procedures to follow which alert the trainee and the provider if there is a change of a fail in placement 1. This will involve, normally a cause for concern and a plan of action for you and the school to follow to try and avoid a fail. If a fail has been given without proper support and help and if proper procedures have not been followed there is a chance for an appeal against the decision.
    If the fail is correct or upheld then normally there is a chance for a repeat placement to try and retrieve the situation. You should contact your tutor to discuss exactly what has happened and why.
    James
     

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