As the title says, really. I'm HoD of ICT in a secondary school and have agreed to take on a student teacher from a local uni this year - he or she is starting in a few week's time and I'm not quite sure how to approach it. On the positive side, if they're great then the new ideas, etc, will help us enormously. However, the horror stories I hear from colleagues about the amount of support they expect and lack of work make me worried. In particular, the ICT course that we run is 100% coursework and getting work out of students is almost an art-form - we get oustanding results and I don't want that to change. Do any of you have student teachers in regularly? How do you find the experience, generally? I'm thinking of taking a hard-line from day one. You know, along the lines of "this is your chance to do well, I'll support you but I won't carry you through, I'll help you but it's solely your responsibility". Would that be the right way to go? I don't want to scare them off but I do want to make it very, very clear that I won't tolerate any slippage in the high expectations that my department has. Any thoughts?