Hi all. I'm currently doing a PGCE in Primary Education (5-11) via the SD (unsalaried) route. First of all, I have to say that I am doing "well", inasmuch as all of my observed lessons have at least been graded as "good", as have all four of my APs (assessment points, which are filled in after each teaching phase by our mentors). I'm also doing okay with the academic side, having pleasantly surprised myself by getting a distinction in the first Level 7 assignment. At the minute, we are teaching around 50% of the time. This is when I'm happiest; being in the class with the children. It is very fulfilling and quite enjoyable, most of the time! I appreciate the teaching percentage will continue to increase, but I'm just about coping with that. Planning takes forever, but that is something that will get easier with time and experience. However, there are some negatives. I recently went for an interview at my main placement school - I suppose I should take it as a compliment that I got an interview, as there were over 20 applicants, and only four of us interviewed. However, after giving it my absolute everything, I was turned down. I'm not currently at my main placement, but I have to go back in a couple of weeks. It'll be a little bit awkward, but hey, life gives you lemons sometimes. I have to admit that the experience - not just the interview, but the PGCE year in general - has seriously demotivated me. I need you to understand that I'm not someone who came into teaching as a second-choice career option. I've wanted to teach since I was 7 or 8 years old. But having been exposed to (just some of) the pressures of the job, which will only become greater, I'm seriously reconsidering whether I want to do this as a career. I'm going to complete my PGCE - at the end of the day, it's a great qualification to have, and it's "there" should I ever want to pursue a teaching career later in life. But right now, my gut instinct is telling me to look elsewhere come the summer. Basically, what I need from you guys is a look into your experiences as an NQT. Does it get better? I imagine having your own classroom, and not always feeling like a third wheel, would make it more bearable. Plus, I know I won't be being observed to within an inch of my life every time I teach - meaning I can cut back on trying to deliver a "wow" lesson and just focus on doing the necessaries. So, what are your experiences of your NQT year? Any advice welcomed!