Work based experience: Tales from the ‘front line’. Trainees, mentors and university tutors. Your placement. My mentor was this little chap, always there in the background fighting my corner and my demons.
My mentor was this little chap, always there in the background fighting my corner and my demons.
These are the spaces I hoped to take the students through…..an optimism if I was able to connect with students.
I felt secure in my subject knowledge but it also separated me from my students.
Trainee S : Skills for Life
I need to be prepared to jump in and take a chance. You’ve got to be bold and have the confidence to dive in.
At the centre of any placement is knowing where a photocopier is that works
Incremental challenges. Given the opportunity to say, right, I’m ready for this,.
A week later ….
It's really good. You've got like space to breathe and everybody's friendly ...and very cooperative ...
I've been sort of given a desk and a computer……I mean I know what I'm here for but I forget that I’m here from University ....I actually feel as if I work here.
It feels fantastic ...absolutely brilliant. It’s amazing you know.......... and I can't actually describe how I feel to teach ..it's so brilliant and the whole process of placement I am really, thoroughly enjoying.
These are all things that make people feel comfortable with the job they’re going to do and feel a part of it and I really believe they’re important.”