There can be a lot of positives for schools. There is professional development of the teaching staff who may well do some training in mentoring. They can enhance their reflective practice by observing and helping trainees. There is the opportunity fopr staff to see their pupils with another teacher and see them from a different perspective. Even experienced teachers can learn from trainees - some trainees approach lessons in ways that experienced teachers have not thought of and this can be useful. There are links to be forged with other schools perhaps during mentor meetings where they meet up with staff from other partner schools. Universities pay the schools to host studenst so there is some income (not very large i grant you). Those would be my top reasons for wanting to host a PGCE student. The Sage
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