Dear Sage, I'm most of the way through a PGCE course, and have done well in the university part of the course (Secondary Science). I'm 50 next month, with a lot of experience in industry in R&D, and I can also busk it in French and German. Subject knowledge isn't an issue. However, even though I have passed my teaching practice in both the foundation and development placements, I feel totally inadequate in the classroom, I have no real inspiration planning lessons, and tend to get stressed. Teaching is the hardest thing I have ever done. Do you have any advice as to how best to learn lesson planning (both long-term and individual lessons)? Are there books you can recommend? At the moment I don't feel at all confident about applying for jobs for September as I don't consider myself a good pratitioner. I only have two months to go on my course. How can I learn enough in two months to get me ready for a NQT year? My mentor is professional, kind and supportive, but I don't feel I'm going to be ready or competent. I don't want to be a bad or mediocre teacher. Any advice/suggestions? At the outset I thought I should be useful in a school - an older male with industry and commerce experience, foreign languages, parenting etc. Now I feel I'm not up to it, and that the system is there to denigrate rather than support teachers!