I did my PGCE over ten years ago and didn't really think it was fit for purpose in the 21st century. I still don't think it was and from what I have heard very little has changed. Twenty years ago it would have been impossible for every PGCE student to be given a full set of resources as it would have been hugely expensive and would have taken up a huge amount of space. As such it was important for students to be trained on how to prepare lessons, write SoWs etc. We can now put all the resources you could ever need on a USB stick costing a couple of quid, so why haven't the courses changed to provide PGCE students with digital copies of lesson plans, flipcharts to go with them and a course that concentrates on how to use them? Lesson planning, flipchart writing, SoW writing can all be dealt with as part of CPD training. If one of the main reasons for NQT's leaving is workload, wouldn't it make sense to be giving them the lessons? It would also stop their mentors having to review the resources and plans prior to the lesson being taught. Concentrate on the important stuff and everyone's a winner.