I am a 35 yr old female physicist with 12 years work experience at an internationally renowned research lab and after years of contemplation have decided that I want to become a secondary physics teacher. I rather naively thought that I would be snapped up due to the shortage in this area but unfortunately not. I have secured a place on the OU PGCE which will enable me to afford to undertake the training by allowing me to work part time but I need to find my own schools within which to train. Having approached over 30 secondary schools, I have been unable to secure a placement. This seems to be due to schools having existing contracts with local universities and / or a lack of resource / capacity in the science areas to undertake a mentee on a different assessment system (OU online tool). I'd be so grateful if someone could help me to find either a 5 wk+10 wk placement or an 8 wk placement in the next academic year in the Oxford / Reading / Swindon / Marlborough / Winchester areas and beyond - I would be prepared to drive for an hour+ from Newbury. Thank you!