Hiya! I've been accIpted to do my PGDE Primary at Glasgow so it's not exactly the same as you but i figure that any advice is better than none.....i can give a bit of advice on 1 and 3 at least! I helped out in a school twice a week, just for an hour and a half each time - any chance your work will let you take an extended lunch break a couple of days a week and work an hour late to compensate? that's what my work did anyway. I also helped out at Rainbows once a week - maybe doing Scouts or something like that would help? at least that's outwith work hours anyway, and any experience with kids is better than none. As far as a loan goes, i guess as always it depends on your circumstances - i assume from your name that you're scottish (and a Celtic fan, but i'll let that slide so have a look on the saas website - there's a table that shows what you could be entitled to - i think the maximum (loan plus bursary) is around £6200. Good Luck!