So, its been over a year since my last post and unfortunately, it is procrastination which brings me back.
Times have certainly changed since the last time I wrote in March 2017.
I am now over half way through my PGCE and have secured a job which I will hopefully be starting in July!
I am approaching the end of my second placement and thought I would give an update on how I am finding the course.
For my first placement, I was based at an RI school. Upon hearing the news, I was a little disappointed and definitely apprehensive. However, my opinion soon changed once I arrived. It was a wonderful experience to see and be part of a school that is so invested in becoming better for the students. I was also very fortunate to have a very supportive department and this is the school I will be completing my NQT year at.
My first placement ended at February half term. I was sad to leave but excited to experience a different school. I am placed at my old high school for my second placement so it has been a strange experience. I have found it odd to work with my old teachers and struggle to call them by their ‘real’ names! Aside from the teachers, it has also been very different in terms of behaviour. While it still has its challenges, the behaviour is much better than at my first placement. The students generally know what is expected of them which helps me to get on with the teaching.
With it being my old high school, I still live in the catchment area. This has definitely been an interesting experience and not one I would be keen to do again. I know that other teachers manage just fine living where they work but for me it is a little too close for comfort!
Overall, the course is going fairly well. I got my first QTS folder in on time with good feedback and I am in the process of preparing the second one. As for PGCE work, I have found it difficult to find time but as it is now due in 3 weeks I will have to make the time!
As I have a job at my first placement school, I will be returning there next week and will stay there for the rest of the course. I will hopefully keep this blog updated as I return to my first placement school to document how it goes and how I find it after some time away.
Thanks for reading xox