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I have recently come off the PGCE and I really need to get a few things off my chest…

I would like to hear if anyone else has experienced very rude and unprofessional CBMs (mentors).

Unfortunately for me both my mentors in my placements were absolutely horrible people, they would never want to help OR support me throughout my training. I was first placed in a Year 1 class where I adored the children and loved teaching them. However, the teacher was absolutely shockingly rude. She would always talk **** about the poor children in front of me which always made me feel so uncomfortable. She was never helpful and was always so competitive with me?

I somehow got though the placement and went into my second placement wholeheartedly. My word, I was placed within a Year 6 class - which I was very hesitant about. However, I actually loved teaching upper KS2. When I first met my mentor can you believe she did not greet me? She just looked at me and after a few minutes later said “oh I wasn’t expecting a student”.

I actually did not know how to respond to that so I didn’t say anything.

Let me tell you from the moment I met her I knew it was going to be a struggle for me to pass my final placement with a mentor like her. She would always say she’s “hard to impress”. She would never talk to me unless I did nor ask me whether I’m ok with anything. Don’t even get me started on how the observations went. Let’s just say it would hurt her to say the lesson went well.

I really do not understand why such horrible people who were once trainees themselves are they allowed be mentors? Most importantly HOW ARE THEY TEACHERS?!!!!!
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(Original post by Traniee96)
I have recently come off the PGCE and I really need to get a few things off my chest…

I would like to hear if anyone else has experienced very rude and unprofessional CBMs (mentors).

Unfortunately for me both my mentors in my placements were absolutely horrible people, they would never want to help OR support me throughout my training. I was first placed in a Year 1 class where I adored the children and loved teaching them. However, the teacher was absolutely shockingly rude. She would always talk **** about the poor children in front of me which always made me feel so uncomfortable. She was never helpful and was always so competitive with me?

I somehow got though the placement and went into my second placement wholeheartedly. My word, I was placed within a Year 6 class - which I was very hesitant about. However, I actually loved teaching upper KS2. When I first met my mentor can you believe she did not greet me? She just looked at me and after a few minutes later said “oh I wasn’t expecting a student”.

I actually did not know how to respond to that so I didn’t say anything.

Let me tell you from the moment I met her I knew it was going to be a struggle for me to pass my final placement with a mentor like her. She would always say she’s “hard to impress”. She would never talk to me unless I did nor ask me whether I’m ok with anything. Don’t even get me started on how the observations went. Let’s just say it would hurt her to say the lesson went well.

I really do not understand why such horrible people who were once trainees themselves are they allowed be mentors? Most importantly HOW ARE THEY TEACHERS?!!!!!
Sorry to hear you had such an unpleasant experience with both mentors.

I think it's important to keep in mind that unfortunately, not all mentors are people that really wanted to take on that additional responsibility - often it's just sort of expected that people will do it if asked. It's also pretty typical for mentors to receive no extra PPA time to account for all the extra work they are taking on. The general stress of last year only exacerbated these issues and probably left a lot of mentors feeling extremely overburdened. Obviously, it's not fair to you as a trainee, and I do think it's unfortunate that we hear a lot of 'bad mentor' stories. I feel lucky to have had two good mentors myself, but I know lots of people in my cohort struggled!
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