Hi there, I am starting to get concerned about how I feel about my PGCE course. I am in a very supportive SCITT provider, and my first placement is at an all-girls non-selective school. My mentor is brilliant, and the girls are not that badly behaved, but I am not enjoying the course at all. The HOD is very difficult to get on with. She constantly says negative things about my lessons, and even when she gives me a compliment of any sort, it either seems sarcastic, or it is followed with a five minute rant as to why it went wrong. From the new year, I have agreed to show her more detailed lesson plans so she can guide me; but now I have lost the motivation to teach the classes she observes, and the girls in that group are really well behaved. I also failed my first assignment, which I felt I put a lot of effort in. The feedback is helpful, and I will try to follow it as best as I can, but there is that element of doubt that I will fail again - especially as I thought I would have passed. I am actually TEFL qualified, and I started this course anticipating a lot of hard work, but now I have got to a very demotivated stage, and I need to snap myself out of it, or see if anyone else is feeling similar.