Hi there, during my final block 8 week placement I fell ill and was admitted to hospital. Ever since then the school I was completing my placement at started to be really harsh. It was a traumatic experience and nothing was ever good enough. When completing lesson observations they graded me against standards of an experience teacher. I got the university involved and it was agreed I would defer my final 8 week block placement.
This was very upsetting as I had a job waiting for me as a NQT at an outstanding school. I explained my situation to the head teacher and she was very understanding, I was shocked that someone could be so kind after my experience at that awful school! She suggested that I could apply as a TA at her school and she would be willing to release me to complete my 8 weeks unpaid if university needed to find me a placement or that I could complete the placement at her school in EYFS.
I have suggested this to university, although I have not received a definite answer and the short listing day is tomorrow. As the head teacher has been really helpful I feel I will be shortlisted. Can the university refuse me to complete the 8 week block if I accept the TA job? As I have not been told when I would be placed it could be 8 weeks any time from September. I really want to do something that will help my professional development, rather than sitting at home waiting for a phone call.
Any suggestions or answers?
PGCE without QTS
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