case study 5 - the pgce trainee


What is the context?

A PGCE trainee on his first placement has had most of his classroom experience in German lessons, as this is his first foreign language in which he is most confident. He knows that in his second placement school, after Christmas, he will be expected to focus much more on his second foreign language, French.

What is the purpose of the learning activity?

The first placement school runs a student exchange for sixth-formers during the Christmas vacation, where students and staff stay with French families while spending time in school with their exchange partners and also going on local trips. Both he and his school and university tutors feel that this would be a very worthwhile experience for him to regain confidence in his spoken French.

Why would you need support? How would the grant enable you to do something that you otherwise would not do?

The first placement school can offer the PGCE trainee a place on this trip, as an additional “helper” but cannot fund the place, so the trainee needs to find £300 to be able to join in.