Dear James, I have seen your fantastic advice on the forum and therefore decided to write here. I was hoping you could shed some light with my PGCE situation. I have been in under immense pressure by my parents throughout this course and combined with the loss of both my grandparents this January, it has been very difficult for me. I have failed both my assignments but was able to resubmit this summer to be recommended for QTS. I have passed all my skills test and school placements and was told that my teaching is good with aspects of outstanding. I also have met all the standards and have been signed off by my tutor. My tutor said not to worry as I’m not the only person who is or has been in this position. She said that it is not in their intention to fail good practitioners. I have read the PGCE regulations for Goldsmiths University, however I do not entirely understand if I can be awarded QTS without passing the assignment aspects of the course. This is what is stated on the PGCE Regulations: - In order to be awarded the Certificate a student must satisfy the relevant Board of Examiners in all parts of the examination, including the standards specified by the TDA (or successor body) for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. - Every candidate seeking the award of Qualified Teacher Status must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the Skills Tests organized by the TDA (or successor body) by an agreed date prior to the meeting of the appropriate PGCE Sub-Board in addition to all of the above. I submitted my assignments this Thursday and therefore will not be hearing from my university for at least a week and I've also emailed my tutors but they are all on annual leave and are not back until 5th September 2011 which is when school starts. I am due to start my NQT post on 5th September and before I accepted this job I asked my tutors if there will be a problem with my job for September and she advised me to accept and that it will be fine as long as I explain to the school that my QTS will be slightly delayed, which was also advised by my other tutors in numerous occasions, however none of them would want to confirm this officially. I have already worked for the school for a week in July to meet my class and I am all set up in the school’s system. It is definitely my dream job. I have started to panic as 5th September is approaching fast and I still have not got an idea if I have been recommended for QTS, but only have the unofficial words of my tutors that there shouldn’t be a problem in proceeding with the post. Could you please advise what steps I could make next or shall I carry on with the post as normal as advised by my tutors? Thank you.