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    Hey guys,
    I am currently studying Primary PGCE and as part of my course I am required to spend 1 week in an educational setting. This does not have to be a school and can be any place where children are included for example: museums,soft play areas,nurseries. These are the only ideas I have at the moment but I am not very keen on them. Could you please suggest some more ideas/ places where I could carry out this placement? Thanks in advance
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    What about a children's centre, special school, hospital or secondary school. If you have to organise it yourself like I did, you have to be realistic as lots of places don't want to take a student on for just one week.
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    Is there anywhere near you that does school trips? Something like a Zoo, farm, wildlife park or an aquarium? If they have a 'classroom' and do talks would that qualify? Also what about heritage sites, castles, ruins ect. I live in the North West and would probably approach Chester and go on the Roman walks or one of the musuems there! Find something that interests you and somewhere you can network!

    Creche, children's centre, charity (HomeStart is a good one), sports centre, safari park, high school, college, dance school, afterschool/holiday club, special needs school/club, rainbows/guides/scouts, MadScience afterschool club, wetlands centre, art gallery, childminder. Mind map your local area!

    What are your interests and where do you want to see your career going? If you want to specialize in a specific area then try and focus on that.

    To get the most out of it I would probably approach a business as they will see more benefit to having someone for a week. If you are arranging it yourself then you would need to sell yourself and explain how hard you're willing to work.

    Good luck, I wish we did something like this on my pgce.
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    (Original post by balloon_parade)
    Is there anywhere near you that does school trips? Something like a Zoo, farm, wildlife park or an aquarium? If they have a 'classroom' and do talks would that qualify? Also what about heritage sites, castles, ruins ect. I live in the North West and would probably approach Chester and go on the Roman walks or one of the musuems there! Find something that interests you and somewhere you can network!

    Creche, children's centre, charity (HomeStart is a good one), sports centre, safari park, high school, college, dance school, afterschool/holiday club, special needs school/club, rainbows/guides/scouts, MadScience afterschool club, wetlands centre, art gallery, childminder. Mind map your local area!

    What are your interests and where do you want to see your career going? If you want to specialize in a specific area then try and focus on that.

    To get the most out of it I would probably approach a business as they will see more benefit to having someone for a week. If you are arranging it yourself then you would need to sell yourself and explain how hard you're willing to work.

    Good luck, I wish we did something like this on my pgce.


    Wow you've given me a whole list of ideas! Thank you so much! I quite like the idea of being involved as a guide for school trips etc however there's are not many places in my town and I really don't want to be travelling far as I do that to get to university as it is. I know that limits my choices but I would just like to take a break from the commuting. Around my local area I have many private nurseries, indoor soft play centres and a museum but I'm not really keen on these ideas. I was interested in working at the hospital, specifically in the children's ward however the local hospital only accepts medical students.

    I just want to be a Primary school teacher at the moment, but I do have a strong passion in working with young children 3-7,focusing on how play helps them and encouraging them to play. But I'm not too sure as to which career that leads to.

    Thanks once again
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    (Original post by *Darcie*)
    What about a children's centre, special school, hospital or secondary school. If you have to organise it yourself like I did, you have to be realistic as lots of places don't want to take a student on for just one week.
    My second week will be at an SEN school so I want to do something different in the first week. I am interested in working at the hospital but the hospital only accepts medical students and I do not want to spend my week at the reception or something. Where did you do your placement at?
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    (Original post by nikki786)
    Wow you've given me a whole list of ideas! Thank you so much! I quite like the idea of being involved as a guide for school trips etc however there's are not many places in my town and I really don't want to be travelling far as I do that to get to university as it is. I know that limits my choices but I would just like to take a break from the commuting. Around my local area I have many private nurseries, indoor soft play centres and a museum but I'm not really keen on these ideas. I was interested in working at the hospital, specifically in the children's ward however the local hospital only accepts medical students.

    I just want to be a Primary school teacher at the moment, but I do have a strong passion in working with young children 3-7,focusing on how play helps them and encouraging them to play. But I'm not too sure as to which career that leads to.

    Thanks once again
    I know you want to be a teacher but do you have future goals? Do you want to specialise in a subject or perhaps Early Years? If you do why not go to a nursery or a nursery class within a school?

    What about shadowing a play therapist, speech therapist, community nursery nurse or Health visitor? A children's centre is also good because they do all sorts (used to work in one, it was fab!) Every day would be different. You've got to be a bit nicely pushy to get where you want.

    I would plot out my proposed travel time and see what was within that and then choose!
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    (Original post by nikki786)
    My second week will be at an SEN school so I want to do something different in the first week. I am interested in working at the hospital but the hospital only accepts medical students and I do not want to spend my week at the reception or something. Where did you do your placement at?
    I did mine at a children's centre. It was ok but they had Ofsted while I was there and got a 4 so it didn't make for a very pleasant week! Due to the fact I had assignments to get done and the general stresses of the PGCE, I left it late to start approaching places so had to just settle for whatever I could get tbh.
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    (Original post by *Darcie*)
    I did mine at a children's centre. It was ok but they had Ofsted while I was there and got a 4 so it didn't make for a very pleasant week! Due to the fact I had assignments to get done and the general stresses of the PGCE, I left it late to start approaching places so had to just settle for whatever I could get tbh.
    Oh I see,I can imagine. Well I have just under 2 months, but I'm back at placement next week and I doubt I'll have much time on my hands with all the planning etc. So I've approached a museum and a children's centre near by,hope they get back to me soon!
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    (Original post by balloon_parade)
    I know you want to be a teacher but do you have future goals? Do you want to specialise in a subject or perhaps Early Years? If you do why not go to a nursery or a nursery class within a school?

    What about shadowing a play therapist, speech therapist, community nursery nurse or Health visitor? A children's centre is also good because they do all sorts (used to work in one, it was fab!) Every day would be different. You've got to be a bit nicely pushy to get where you want.

    I would plot out my proposed travel time and see what was within that and then choose!
    Yes I think I will be going along with your idea of the children's centre. It's the closest to what interests me. Thanks
 
 
 
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