Your Family, Wellbeing, Workload and Work-Life Balance
If you are a parent or carer, you may be responsible for the care of your child or children when they are not in school, especially if you have a partner who works, or you don’t have any relatives / friends who can care for your child / children whilst you are in school and / or university undertaking your ITT. Therefore, you may need to drop off / pick up your child or children to / from school at the start and end of the school day. You’ll generally be required to be in your placement school from 8.00 – 8.30am in the morning and may not be able to leave until 3.30pm or later at the end of the school day. If you’re expected to attend a meeting or parents evening at the end of the school day or get involved in after-school clubs or extra-curricular activities, it could be a lot later.
Therefore, we recommend you plan ahead for childcare and be aware that you will have at least two school placements in different schools, which may not be close to your home, so do consider how your childcare needs may change over time. If this is going to be an issue for you, and / or you feel that you need to be placed in a school closer to your home (e.g. if you don’t have a car and have to use public transport), do let your ITT provider know now so that they can keep this in mind when choosing which schools you will be placed in for your ITT. Also please let your Pre-ITT Guidance and Development Adviser (GDA) know, so that they are aware. They can speak to your ITT provider on your behalf if necessary.
ITT can be very intensive and may have an impact on your physical and emotional health. If at any point you feel anxious, stressed, or just generally worried about starting your course, please let your pre-ITT Guidance and Development Adviser (GDA) know and they can give you advice.
More information and advice about managing your wellbeing is on the Education Support Partnership website in the ‘Helping You’ section here: www.educationsupport.org.uk
Managing your workload and work-life balance
At times whilst on ITT, you may find it difficult to juggle family life and your studies, particularly if you are being asked to do lesson planning, for instance, and complete a PGCE assignment at the same time. We recommend that you read up now on hints and tips about how to manage your workload and work-life balance and put in place arrangements now to prevent this becoming an issue once you are on your course. We suggest you allocate set times to your family each week and try to stick to them, as your downtime is still very important e.g. give yourself at least one or two evenings a week, or between set times each day, and at least half a day each weekend. If you are concerned about how you are going to manage your workload / work-life balance when you are on your ITT course, please let your pre-ITT Guidance and Development Adviser (GDA) know now so they can give you advice.
More information and advice about managing your workload and work-life balance is on the Education Support Partnership website in the ‘Helping You’ section here: www.educationsupport.org.uk