Ok so this topic might sound really trivial but does anyone else think it is completely unfair that there is no consideration of students' travelling circumstances taken into account on their placements? My placement this year involves 2 buses (an hour in total) and a 15 minute walk carrying 4 big files, by the time I arrive at school I know I will be exhausted and not looking very professional. Last year, 3 of us at uni didn't have a car and I was the only one who managed to pass the year, despite a 20 minute walk up a huge hill and a further 2 buses. I KNOW I could have done so much better had I not had to do this though. It took up so much time and i lost over a stone due to the stress and physical exhaustion- my bmi by the end of placement was something ridiculous like 15! I spoke to the uni about it after I finished and asked to be placed somewhere nearer, or at least near a shop to get resources (had so many ideas but no way of getting any resources for them to materialise!) Students with cars, with less distance, were constantly moaning about how tired they were and what hard work it was and i just felt like giving them a good slap! Has anyone else had any similar experiences? I know it is partially down to my own teaching and organisation but I don't see how anyone is expected to get an 'Outstanding' set of lessons in observations (which is expected in the 3rd, final year) when they are physically as WELL as mentally exhausted and have no way of just 'popping to the shop' on the way back to pick things up :/. Do you think I should go ahead with the placement (it is on Monday!)? Teaching is my ambition and I am 100% dedicated to this but I am worried about my health and quailty of lessons. Rant/doubting over. I'd love to hear some responses!