Pre-service teachers who do not meet the conditions of the At Risk Agreement will have their placement terminated and will receive a Fail grade for the course. Immediate termination can occur, at any time, without going through the At Risk Agreement. A pre-service teacher who is deemed by the Principal, site coordinator, mentor teacher or university liaison to be behaving unprofessionally (e.g. unsatisfactory attendance, preparation and/or teaching), or who is compromising the learning of the students/children, will have their placement terminated. Written documentation is critical evidence in the event that a change to placement is to be considered. All parties must keep dated, written records to assist this process.
Pre-service teachers do not terminate a placement without the advice and consultation of other professionals like the mentor teacher, site coordinator, Principal, University liaison or Course Coordinator. If a pre-service teacher chooses to leave a placement, it will be deemed unsatisfactory, a Fail grade will be awarded and the pre-service teacher will be able to repeat the placement when it is next offered in the relevant course, if appropriate. Alternate placements are not sought unless there are extenuating circumstances that have been determined and where consultation has occurred with appropriate school and university personnel.
Under any of these circumstances, the preservice teacher will be advised by the Course Coordinator to contact the Program Director for academic advice and, if required, the Learning and Teaching Unit, for counselling. If a placement is terminated under any of these circumstances, the pre-service teacher will receive a Fail grade for the course, and may be able to enrol in the relevant course when it is next offered and repeat it at that time.
The Director of Professional Experience may also be involved in this process.