In a reply to some of these messages I think it is totally out of order to just use this student as a 'skivvy' and if that is how they are used then that is what they should write in their work experience books. They have potentially asked to work in a school because that is an area that they are interested in and want to learn more about - not to learn how to photocopy and laminate. I understand that this is part of a teacher or TA's role but it shouldn't be the only thing the student does. I completed a BTEC in Early Years and remember being used as a complete skivvy to the teacher and was actually put in a kitchen to cut out a variety of shapes. I used to go home crying every evening and it completely diminished any confidence I had, luckily I was put in a lovely second placement where I grew in confidence and confirmed my want to work with children. For the initial poster I'd ask the student what they would like to get out of the placement? Aims and ambitions for the future? Then try to get him/her as involved as possible within the classroom. Playing and talking to the children is great, monitoring the painting/creative areas, reading, storytelling and there's no reason why they can't be involved in word or number games etc. You have an extra pair of hands so use them in ways that will benefit the children not yourself!!!