I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the "prospectives" forum, but here's my question: What's the best way to arrange a period of observation in a Primary School? I need to do one before starting my Secondary PGCE at the IoE in September. Part of the trouble is that I work as a Secondary TA already, and it's unlikely that my school will let me have a week off, so I'll have to do the week's experience between 5-9th Sept, the week before I'm due to begin my course. A work colleague has a contact in a local school, and I've written a letter to the Head there, but so far it's come to nothing. I've thought about trying the Primary School next door to my current school as the two heads work together on some things, and potentially my husband's old school, which is just down the road. But what's the best way to approach schools? Write a letter and follow up with a phone call? Is it possible to call by and leave a message in reception? Any help greatly appreciated!