i am currently doing a flexi primary pgce and finished my first placement before christmas. i chose to study part time as i have 4 young children, for the same reason i did my placement part time. i have had a nightmare with a really unsupportive teacher (single and childless!) who couldn't understand why i didn't get to school at 7.30am and stay untill 5 like she did, despite my promising to do all neccessary preparation at home and the fact that i always arrived by 8.15 in plenty of time to set up before the children arrived , she made my life hell! told me off and put me down in front of the children and TA, criticised my behaviour/noise management because the children were getting a bit over excited during some practical activities ( i have never known a reception class be quiet -but she wouldn't accept any noise at all?!).then when my mentor from uni arrived to observe she spent 20 mins talking to the class teacher before observing me for 5 mins, her first words to me were " so ,not going too well then?" she had obviously had her mind made up by the class teacher beforehand, the 2 of them then proceeded to attack my committment , and suggested maybe teaching wasn't for me if i wasn't prepared to put the effort in. i am really upset by it, i loved the children and even the teacher conceded that i had a good relationship with them, i have wanted to be a teacher for as long as i can remember but put it off untill all my own children were at school, i now feel like jacking it all in.to top it all off i failed an assignment that i had to hand in before xmas, mostly because i was so stressed out with my placement that i couldn't do it justice. has anyone else had any similar experiences?