After having 4 days off school due to insomnia, prompted by the stress of being made to teach several lessons a week of an unknown topic with no scheme of work and very little help (so impossible!), I got told I needed to do further work to complete the assessment point.
My main argument was that with a 2 year old, I need to be organised, so what I was being asked to do was unfair, and my mentor’s response when I told him how stressed and over-loaded I was, was to “do more work” – NOT helpful. He didn’t even understand the topic, so couldn’t help!
The University’s solution – to change my timetable, put me in more awkward situations, and almost repeat the above situation. DUH!!
I supposed to have one week back at university doing pedagogy stuff, then one week observing my new classes, then into teaching them. Instead, they want me to start at the school and teach NEXT week on Thursday and Friday!!
I put some time aside in the Easter holiday to do some lesson prep once they’d told me what I needed to teach, but they only sent it yesterday, which was a fat load of use since I now have no more holiday left! They KNEW this!
On top of that, the Thursday actually has a useful session on chemistry at uni which I really want to attend, as it’s the one thing I struggled with as I couldn’t remember any of the experiments.
Then, they’ve set up a meeting with someone higher up the PGCE tree to “discuss” the severity of the situation. They’ve plonked the meeting right in the middle of the independent study morning, wasting the whole morning due to travel time.
So, instead of feeling refreshed and looking forward to what was supposed to be planned, I’m now feeling stressed and frustrated again by the really poor organisation.
How on earth this PGCE course got an “outstanding” Ofsted rating is beyond me! I am SO disappointed with the poor organisation and planning on this course, and feel that the £9k was an utter rip-off and definitely not worth it.
To anyone reading this and thinking of becoming a teacher, then don’t bother with a PGCE! Do the Teach First or “on the job” method, as it’s far more logical!
You can learn the pedagogical stuff as an extra, as the lectures I’ve had to attend, most have been appalling and a waste of my time! (as agreed by the majority of the 160 people on the course!).