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PGCE school observation - documented evidence

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by sakurabamboo, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. sakurabamboo

    sakurabamboo New commenter

    Hi folks,

    I'm about to start my school observation placement soon for PGCE application. Do you ask your host school to write you a letter to prove you've completed how many days of observation on what subjects? Will the universities require such documented evidence? I'm not sure if schools are used to write such letters. Can anybody share a template?

    Thank you!
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    You don't need written confirmation that you've done this.

    Be prepared to talk about the placement at interview though. Make sure you talk to teachers and TAs while you're there, ask about workload, how the school is run, how your subject is taught, how behaviour is managed. Make some notes somewhere in case you need to refer to them later. You might be asked to plan a lesson for interview, so pay attention to how lessons are structured.
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  3. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Good advice from @blueskydreaming.
    You need to show that you understand what the job is really about.

    It’s not all about ‘making a difference’ and thinking that having baby sat a niece is enough experience of working with children to enable you to teach.

    Always good to ask for advice. Well done.
    Good luck.
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