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What to cover in School visit.

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by HollieT85, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. I have arranged a three day visit to my local seconday school to spend time in the D&T department, does anyone have any advice as to what I should be asking the staff to ensure that, should I decide to apply for a PGCE place in the next academic year , I have the relevant information. My brother -in-law has recently secured a place on a PGCE for History and advised me to get information about the curriculum. Any other helpful suggestions? [​IMG]
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  3. Hello,
    You could ask about planning (by lesson, term, year, specific objectives, etc), inclusion, behaviour management, the challenges of that particular school, what they like/dislike about teaching - all that kind of stuff. Basically, just make sure you take in as much as you can, ask loads of questions (though not so many as to be annoying) and be prepared to muck in! I wrote a diary each day and wwent through the structure of the day, any issues (educational, behavioural or otherwise) that rose up, how they were resolved, how I thought I might handle the same situations etc etc. I was lucky, in that the school I visited was really cool - they let me look at prep, planning folders, and let me get involved with the kids.
    Enjoy it, hope it goes well!

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