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Insufficient support on Citizenship GTP

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by htridgell, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Hi, I am currently doing a GTP in a Special needs EBD school who employ me. I do one day a week in a mainstream school where i work alongside the Head of Citizenship. At the SEN school there is no specialised citizenship teacher and a high number of Unqualified teachers whos classes i teach. I am also still working as a teaching assistant in art which is irrelevant to my training.

    I am having no support in planning lessons and finding it difficult to keep up with the opening minds classes 'topics' which are difficult to relate to citizenship e.g Macbeth. My mentor is the deputy head an is very busy. We meet once a week to sign of my evidence folders but other than that i feel i am doing the course blindfolded with few opportunities to improve my subject knowledge.

    Due to working with unqualified teachers i am not really learning anything new other than what i already know. Due to the nature of the pupils (highly disruptive and small class sizes) i don't feel as if i am not having a realistic experience of teaching. I am considering leaving the course and taking a more suitable route possibly in primary education of finding a placement and mentor in a mainstream school.

    At the moment i feel demotivated and feel that i am not gaining the most out of the course. I was sure that teaching was the career and think that the way i am doing my gtp is putting me off.

    Should i leave the course and find a different route at a mainstream?
     
  2. Hi, I am currently doing a GTP in a Special needs EBD school who employ me. I do one day a week in a mainstream school where i work alongside the Head of Citizenship. At the SEN school there is no specialised citizenship teacher and a high number of Unqualified teachers whos classes i teach. I am also still working as a teaching assistant in art which is irrelevant to my training.

    I am having no support in planning lessons and finding it difficult to keep up with the opening minds classes 'topics' which are difficult to relate to citizenship e.g Macbeth. My mentor is the deputy head an is very busy. We meet once a week to sign of my evidence folders but other than that i feel i am doing the course blindfolded with few opportunities to improve my subject knowledge.

    Due to working with unqualified teachers i am not really learning anything new other than what i already know. Due to the nature of the pupils (highly disruptive and small class sizes) i don't feel as if i am not having a realistic experience of teaching. I am considering leaving the course and taking a more suitable route possibly in primary education of finding a placement and mentor in a mainstream school.

    At the moment i feel demotivated and feel that i am not gaining the most out of the course. I was sure that teaching was the career and think that the way i am doing my gtp is putting me off.

    Should i leave the course and find a different route at a mainstream?
     
  3. Hi
    Thois is the problem with a full GTP programme where the schools are either underresourced or insufficiently experienced to cope with on the job training.
    Even though you are in a school there should be a local HEI provider that oversees the GTP process. You should contact that provider and poutline your problems and issues. They may well be able to provide some support and some help to the school and to you to ensure that you are getting a better training.
    James
     

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