Before beginning work in the school, it is advised to visit the school to get a feel for what the atmosphere is like between staff and students. This visit will also aid the student teacher in understanding the layout of the school and to meet teachers. It is advisable that the student teacher would research the school and any of its policies which would usually be on the school website. During my observations I noted that it is vital that any teacher would have an idea of the abilities of their students, and a student teacher should get this information before beginning their work. This information should be available from the permanent teacher (Cohen, 2004).To ensure that a student teacher is professional, it is important that they communicate with the permanent teacher on topics covered and to ask any questions they may have. It may be a good idea to ask what teaching methods they use and find useful as they know their class’s abilities (Petty, G. 2009). The teacher will be able to discuss any students that need a special needs assistant, or daily problems such as students feeling ill during class or protocol on students going to the toilet (Cohen, 2004). This information is often referred to as the hidden curriculum of the school, which is what makes the running of the school run smoothly.