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    I've just been told my placement school for the first term and I'm really not happy with it. this is just going on the school website. it seems to be entirely based on Maths and ICT. It is an academy school. and also low achieving

    I don't mind the latter two points but I really am not happy about being placed in a maths school when I'm doing history and that isn't even mentioned on the website?!

    should I not panic until I get there....?!

    I'm just really concerned I won't see enough history

    --------- You were all right, having a good experience! Although there was very little history until recently... don't know how they got away with it!
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    Nearly every secondary school has one or more specialisms - it is a game we used to have to play to attract funding and means absolutely nothing. I would strongly urge you not to make a fuss about this.
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    (Original post by moshing-fairy)
    I've just been told my placement school for the first term and I'm really not happy with it. this is just going on the school website. it seems to be entirely based on Maths and ICT. It is an academy school. and also low achieving

    I don't mind the latter two points but I really am not happy about being placed in a maths school when I'm doing history and that isn't even mentioned on the website?!

    should I not panic until I get there....?!

    I'm just really concerned I won't see enough history
    Do you know any history specialism schools?


    Well then.

    It's like Mr M said, also (without sounding sanctimonious) you should be happy with what you've got as it's a hard time to be a trainee teacher and you squeaked in the last year before the triple fees. And on the academy issue, all schools are set to become academies in the next year so that's nothing unusual any more either.
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    Definitely, see it for what it is, a temporary placement to which you should give your best. Your course leaders know your subject and the school they have chosen. They do placements year in year out so I'm sure if it was completely unreasonable match they wouldn't have done it. At least see it before getting in a panic and hopefully it will be better than you expect.
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    (Original post by Suzanathema)
    Do you know any history specialism schools?


    Well then.

    It's like Mr M said, also (without sounding sanctimonious) you should be happy with what you've got as it's a hard time to be a trainee teacher and you squeaked in the last year before the triple fees. And on the academy issue, all schools are set to become academies in the next year so that's nothing unusual any more either.
    And where exactly did you pluck that nonsense from?
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    And where exactly did you pluck that nonsense from?
    Why do you think it is nonsense? I didn't mean to be offensive. In my LEA (or lack of, which is Gloucester) all schools had to be academies because so many converted that there was no money. This article on the Guardian suggests another LEA that has done this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...ivides-schools

    And many of the other LEAs I am placed in are ones where all the schools in it are academies. As schools becoming academies reduces funding for schools in the LEA pool it makes sense that once a certain proportion of an LEA become academies all of them have to switch.
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    And where exactly did you pluck that nonsense from?
    The timescale was wrong but Gove does intend to force any schools that refuse the Academy carrot to convert by bulk order before the next General Election.
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    Seriously, it's a short placement, not your career. They will definitely be teaching history, not just maths and ICT. Go in with a positive attitude, if you go in going "this is a waste of my time" you can be sure you'll get nothing out of it.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Nearly every secondary school has one or more specialisms - it is a game we used to have to play to attract funding and means absolutely nothing. I would strongly urge you not to make a fuss about this.
    This, it doesn't mean anything. And as much as you might not want to hear it, teaching in a 'difficult' school will be good for you.
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    Be grateful you have a placement!!!!
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    I'd love to see what your programme leader would say if you complained on those grounds! Suffice to say, they wouldn't be impressed!

    Just get on with it, like everyone else has to! Placement schools will never be perfect for you. Just try and see it as a chance to see where you DON'T want to end up working. (if it is that bad, it could be great for all you know!)

    Good luck and try to enjoy placement x
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    Is history on the national curriculum? if it is then the school will be teaching it.
    Unless it is one of those Christian schools where they refuse to teach anything that isn't to do with the bible.
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    Where are you going to find a history specialist school exactly? The school could have the most fantastic history department going, you can't write them off.

    I'm an MFL PGCE student, placed at a business and enterprise specialist school. I'd be laughed out of my course if I complained I wasn't in a language college.
 
 
 
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