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Mike Lamb – PGCE 7-14 Science 2007-2008.  Communicating the views of trainees to the PGCE course convenor  Canvassing opinion and relaying information.

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1 Mike Lamb – PGCE 7-14 Science 2007-2008

2  Communicating the views of trainees to the PGCE course convenor  Canvassing opinion and relaying information ◦ Creating an effective conduit for opinion, ideas and suggestions for improvement  Recognising that what was needed was a ◦ Survival guide to the PGCE

3  Student grants are available for small scale projects  Project outline was presented to ESCalate and university tutor  Project agreed by ESCalate ◦ Project involved interviews and group meetings with trainees to establish which aspects of the PGCE caused issues and problems and how trainees can overcome them

4  Results are still being analysed ◦ Over 50% thought that the PGCE year was the hardest year of their life reasons cited included ◦ ‘(it) took over my whole life’, ◦ ‘the stress of the classroom’ ◦ (lesson planning left me)‘feeling more tired than I ever thought humanly possible’.  The work resulted in advice areas being identified with associated student comments

5  ‘Make a real effort to meet up with old friends - they've provided me with endless support (and wine!)’

6  ‘…because nobody else really knows what you're going through.’

7  ‘Buy some lever arch folders and plastic pockets and start filing everything regularly from the very start.’

8  ‘Smile and be polite all the time and don’t be afraid to ask for help’.

9  ‘Home-cooked meals, Vitamin C, Echinacea and walks down the sea-front got me through this year’

10  ‘Relax before the course starts as you won’t have much time to when it begins – get plenty of sleep!’

11  ‘It makes it all worthwhile when you realize that you’ve taught them something important about life and not just your subject’.

12  As tutors we may think we know what the pressures and problems are for trainees ◦ But a tutor’s perspective arises from a different context from a trainee’s perspective  Listening to what the trainees say creates the pressure and how they deal with that pressure can allow for changes to the programme, approach or support provided and ease/head off certain pressures


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