... and in the end it is you, the applicants for places, who will bear the cost. Since Michael Gove announced the reduced number of places available for PGCE Secondary courses an incredible round of 'horse trading' has begun between ITE providers. The trouble is, many of the courses are no longer viable with the numbers Gove/TDA have allowed. The income from those courses is less than the cost of running them. The result is that ITE providers have been busy trying to shrink their range of provision, and specialise in fewer areas, by 'trading' courses. The conversation goes like this; provider A 'phones provider B and says "We'll give you all our History places if you give us all your Geography places." Now if that deal goes ahead, and you have applied to A, but not to B (which could be an institution 100 miles away) for History (or to B and not for A for Geography) ... well come on, you're graduates, work it out for yourselves. Even those of you who have provisionally been offered places might get a 'phone call to say "Your course is no longer running at this institution, but we've reallocated you to ... " Meanwhile RBS, owned by us as taxpayers, announces a £1.1 billion loss, yet plans to pay £0.95 billion in bonuses to a few hundred staff (on top of the very high salaries they already earn) paid for by the cuts to jobs and wages in teaching/nursing/care etc. Is it only me that thinks the world has gone mad?