Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Daughter's Teaching Mentor Is a Nightmare

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Daughter's Teaching Mentor Is a Nightmare

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I lie awake planning what I would say to my daughter's teacher should he ever be unfortunate enough to be stuck in a lift with me. After three weeks in his classroom, my daughter has gone from being enthusiastic and highly motivated to disillusioned and completely lacking in confidence.

I am not a doting mother whose child can do no wrong. Nor is she a five-year-old starting school. She is a PGCE student on her second teaching practice. She was so well regarded on her first that they offered her a job in September. Clearly, then, she is not incompetent.

But since she started this new school, she has experienced nothing but negativity from the form teacher. During the first week, he failed to acknowledge her beyond a curt "good morning", or to involve her with the class. He does not offer advice and he returns her lesson plans over and over again, each time requiring a different alteration. He shows no warmth or interest in her progress, clearly regarding her as the cross he must bear this term. …

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