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Hi. I'm a current PGCE student (secondary science).

The covid disruption meant my university has been unable to offer me an assessed placement either in school or online. Most of the students in my cohort were offered placements at the start of the year or after schools reopened but, for whatever reason, I was bottom of the list.

Instead I was sent on a two week "experience" placement after Easter. It consisted of a week of lesson observations and a week of taking on what was effectively a TA role to in some lessons. I had no mentor and there was no opportunity for me to teach.

My university tutor emailed me today to warn me that I will fail to obtain QTS if I don't provide more evidence for my TS folder. The only things I have to date are three lesson plans for theoretical lessons I created in January and lesson observation write ups from the experience placement.

At this point, I do not know what to do. I have completed all the PGCE work but don't know how I'll be able to get more evidence for my TS. I also don't see how I'm able to apply for employment with no genuine experience to draw upon and no suitable references.
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Hi. I'm a current PGCE student (secondary science).

The covid disruption meant my university has been unable to offer me an assessed placement either in school or online. Most of the students in my cohort were offered placements at the start of the year or after schools reopened but, for whatever reason, I was bottom of the list.

Instead I was sent on a two week "experience" placement after Easter. It consisted of a week of lesson observations and a week of taking on what was effectively a TA role to in some lessons. I had no mentor and there was no opportunity for me to teach.

My university tutor emailed me today to warn me that I will fail to obtain QTS if I don't provide more evidence for my TS folder. The only things I have to date are three lesson plans for theoretical lessons I created in January and lesson observation write ups from the experience placement.

At this point, I do not know what to do. I have completed all the PGCE work but don't know how I'll be able to get more evidence for my TS. I also don't see how I'm able to apply for employment with no genuine experience to draw upon and no suitable references.
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(Original post by Worried PGCE)
Hi. I'm a current PGCE student (secondary science).

The covid disruption meant my university has been unable to offer me an assessed placement either in school or online. Most of the students in my cohort were offered placements at the start of the year or after schools reopened but, for whatever reason, I was bottom of the list.

Instead I was sent on a two week "experience" placement after Easter. It consisted of a week of lesson observations and a week of taking on what was effectively a TA role to in some lessons. I had no mentor and there was no opportunity for me to teach.

My university tutor emailed me today to warn me that I will fail to obtain QTS if I don't provide more evidence for my TS folder. The only things I have to date are three lesson plans for theoretical lessons I created in January and lesson observation write ups from the experience placement.

At this point, I do not know what to do. I have completed all the PGCE work but don't know how I'll be able to get more evidence for my TS. I also don't see how I'm able to apply for employment with no genuine experience to draw upon and no suitable references.
Your university has massively let you down here.

If you are in a teaching union, I'd contact them to discuss this, or otherwise I'd take it up via your university's complaints procedure.

In terms of actually being prepared to teach, rather than just gaining QTS, I would ask your uni to offer you a deferred placement next year (this is not uncommon for various reasons).

I'd also be asking for a face to face meeting with your uni ASAP, either with your tutor or someone higher up on the course.
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This is concerning.
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This is concerning.
Why do you find this concerning?
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Would the uni not let you arrange your own placement? One of the reasons I don't like uni's arranging placements is you are in limbo and have no control.
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Would the uni not let you arrange your own placement? One of the reasons I don't like uni's arranging placements is you are in limbo and have no control.
I think this would have been good advice earlier in the year, but it's now probably too late for OP this term- even if they were able to arrange a placement, they likely wouldn't be able to be there long enough to gain the evidence needed for QTS.

Might be worth a try, though.
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I think this would have been good advice earlier in the year, but it's now probably too late for OP this term- even if they were able to arrange a placement, they likely wouldn't be able to be there long enough to gain the evidence needed for QTS.

Might be worth a try, though.
That's understandable as there is about 6 weeks left. I'm surprised they didn't ask the uni any sooner.
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That's understandable as there is about 6 weeks left. I'm surprised they didn't ask the uni any sooner.
I'm sure OP has been asking the uni.

I think lots of unis have treated (some of) their PGCE students awfully this year, and we shouldn't be putting too much of the blame on individual students.
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I'm sure OP has been asking the uni.

I think lots of unis have treated (some of) their PGCE students awfully this year, and we shouldn't be putting too much of the blame on individual students.
I'm not saying they hadn't, Im sure they had but probably got fobbed off by the uni.

Good luck OP, I hope you get everything sorted out. Best wishes.
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