Graham, Im a 20 year old final year student currently studying a BSc in Geography in England. At the moment im trying to decide on wither or not to take a PGCE in September or take 2 years out of education (im exhausted to be honest!). Ive been trying to weigh up the pro's and con's of taking 2 years out and wanted to ask you if you think the future of PGCE courses is in doubt? Ive been reading that the government are keen to put more emphasis onto the new TeachFirst course. Are the government ultimately looking to get rid of the PGCE and replace it with this? Also - what are the disadvantages with doing a TeachFirst course? No tuition fee and you get paid a full salary when you start the course, although it being highly competitive? I see that they are looking ICT teachers and you can go straight onto an ICT course with TeachFirst if you have an A Level in the subject and 300+ UCAS points?