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SE2 - no placement available

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by HilK, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. What is the protocol for finding your own placement for SE2 (PGCE)? Mine is due to start in a couple of weeks and many students are unplaced.
  2. What is the protocol for finding your own placement for SE2 (PGCE)? Mine is due to start in a couple of weeks and many students are unplaced.
  3. Depends on your training provider. Many don't encourage you to find own schools, as there is a host of issues that need to be resolved, such as partnership agreement, mentors being trained in the specific procedures your uni lays down, tutor visits, finance etc. Others ask you to send out feelers, and as soon as you find something suitable, let them know so that they can negotiate direct with the school. It's important that you keep in close touch with your placement office and ask for progress and updates. At the end of the day, though, it's your ITT provider's responsibility to find a suitable placement. If they cannot find one, then you'll probably have to stay on the course longer to complete it, into the autumn term and beyond. In that case you should not made to pay any more fees, and you should be eligible for further support from SLC.
    It's getting more and more difficult to find suitable placement for everyone - a situation that isn't likely to improve in near future with more and more pressure put on schools through tight fiscal discipline and accountability.
  4. Don't do anything off your own back, do consult with the provider. At this point there will be a lot of behind the scenes negotiation going on with schools and having students contacting schools themselves will just complicate matters and could backfire for you and the provider.
    If possible as your tutors to provide some raw data on how things are going - how many they have how short they are. But remember that things can dramatically changfe from week to week, even day to day.

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