1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I would observe the teaching methods of the classes and for any group or individual work, I would get involved with helping the students to complete their work when they were in difficulty.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I developed my observational skills with regards to how teaching is done. By spending many weeks in different classes with a range of different teachers, I found that all teachers are very different with their teaching styles.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed the opportunities to assist in students' work and help in their understanding of the content, however, was less keen on the observations, as whilst they did help, I felt intrusive.
4. How valued do you feel by Secondary School?
I received far more recognition than I felt I had deserved. I did very little actual work helping the students and yet the teacher was always very gracious and thankful.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The work experience was rather informal, I had organised it through email so had no real structure other than to gain experience in the school enviroment to aid with UCAS applications for teacher training.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received lots of support, every teacher I communicated with were really helpful and happy to help. I had no attitude issues against me and really enjoyed my time at the school.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I didn't receive much support excluding like arranging the weekly visits as it was all for my benefit and I was doing it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
There was no salary so any expenses paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I was only there for such a short time, I was unable to get involved in any additional activities.
9a. Would you recommend Secondary School to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It was largely beneficial to my development and experience towards teacher training and I feel it would benefit anyone planning on teaching.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Secondary School? *
Talk to careers centres and friends and families to see if they have any links into the workplaces as it is the quickest way to get a placement.
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