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.
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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.”