Hi, my daughter is in her NQT year and has had a really hard time of it with a mentor who is too busy to advise/encourage/basically spend time with her....i know everyone is really hard pressed to fulfil the many and varied roles they have but hey if you take on an NQT you have to put the time in, and a head who seems very remote but that's another story. Recently after an mini observation during feedback from the mentor she told my daughter ...''not to take this the wrong way but you can only really understand how children learn when you have had children yourself'' apparently it's not something they can teach you at university! Now don't get me wrong i have the greatest respect for teachers however I can't quite see the connection here. Do you think this is a statement of prejudice? I'd really like to know what other teachers think whether they are parents or not.