I'm about to start a PGDE in chemistry. I had always thought about teaching but got a string of decent lab based jobs after university so never took it up. Combined with a D in Higher English I just thought it wouldn't happen. Then 2 years ago I lost my job and have been knocking around dead end jobs and driving a taxi since then. I decided to do higher English again and sat it this year and got an A (woohoo). Combined with voluntary work in a school one day a week, working full time, studying and my wife having our first baby. I've worked damn hard to get here. But looking on the forums it seems I'm getting into debt and going to work hard for nothing as there's no jobs. But looking in the media there is a massive shortage of science teachers. I can't afford to do this to end up where I am now again. I have a house and a family to support. And finally in my rant where do LA's get off treating teachers like they do? It's the children that will ultimately suffer when their teachers have no stability and job security. The ones that can will go back to what they did before when the economy picks up again (the ones that have had other careers anyway). We need an educated workforce to get the country back on it's feet but it seems everyone is trying to hold the next generation back and disadvantage them at every turn. It looks like the tail wagging the dog to me! Anyway should I go for it or am I wasting my time and money?