In earlier chapters we have emphasised the need for careful thought and planning in preparing for practice teaching. Our aim here is to encourage the practice teacher to consider the implications of the placement ending and to plan for this, so as to minimise for all parties concerned the disruptive effects of change. We will be considering some of the theoretical concepts of change and loss that seem to be relevant, and will look at the significance of the end of the placement for those involved. In Chapter 3 we identified the contract as the cornerstone of the placement because it provides an ‘agenda’. In this chapter, we look at the notion of there being ‘business’ that has to be properly completed if the contract is to be met by the end of the placement. Rituals are widely used in our society to dramatise change, and in this final chapter we consider the value of this concept as a way of publicly dealing with the separation, so that all parties feel the contract has been satisfactorily concluded.
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