I have had a multi tude of problems with my first placement (list below) but what I am most worried about is that due to a poor mentor I don't feel ready to go into placement 2 as I do not feel I have learnt anything. I have been placed at a requires improvement London comp where most pupils are ESL/SEN/PP and there are several (violent) fights per week. No staff seem to be able to control the students and I have seen staff members in tears in the staffroom. My mentor is the most difficult aspect of this placement. She uses any opportunity to mention how well she did at PGCE and her personal achievements as a teacher, and how easy she finds it all. I get around 3 minutes of her time on an average week and I can see the progress that my peers are making. I feel I have fallen behind and don't know how to improve. I have been graded 3 on everything so far, which is fine, I understand this is placement one. I don't know what else I can do to improve. Personal log of problems in chronological ordeR: no response to initial contact email no timetable in place no mentor available for the first week directions such as "look at the scheme of work" where some folders are empty observed lecture style lessons but was told not to do them have repeatedly asked for help on where to access more in depth information to improve subject knowledge "you just pick it up" no behaviour management training no access to seating plans or registers no information on sen children and differentiation no instruction on how to mark or what grading is used told to use textbooks where there have not been enough copies told off for making copies no weekly mentor meetings 2x observation where mentor lost sheet 1 x observation with no feedback no other observations /9 weeks so far mentor will not review lesson plan in advance no contact with professional mentor sen department not willing to make time for meeting told off for not setting homework correctly despite not having access to the website I really don't feel this has been worth either the time or the money I have invested. My university has told me that they need to keep as many placements on as possible so I will have to go back there in placement 3.