Hi, just a few weeks shy of completing my PGCE I've quit my second placement. I chose to live far from campus so dealt with a few hours commuting each day, for my second placement in particular, on some days it was a two hour journey in and home. I had spoken to the course leader to try and get somewhere nearer to my home and even provided a list of possible schools the university had a relationship with. By the time it had been decided where my second school placement was, I was nursing my wife through illness and did not contend it. The Deputy Head stressed to me that I was not failing, but I had been moved from 80 to 60 percent as my lesson content and my behaviour management were deteriorating. Both myself and my mentor were guilty of being non-communicative. We never had a set time to speak and by the time we began to communicate better, it was too late.I was managing to complete session plans, assessments, evaluations and all the other paperwork. Ultimately though, I was exhausted. While I don't regret stopping the second placement I now realise I should have consulted a doctor to get signed off, as opposed to sending an email to my course tutor yesterday, while at a particularly low ebb. Having spoken to the PGCE course leader, it now looks as though I will need to repeat the entire second placement in the autumn term. After all the work I have done and so close to the end this is inevitably dissapointing and elevates my already low self-esteem. I am meeting her later this week. Should anyone have any advice as to what I should say to my course leader I'd be very grateful. I still have a determinate to teach but had to make a difficult decision to spare my health.