Hello I would really love to follow my dream to become a primary teacher, which is something I have considered for a number of years now. I have been looking at the best routes and I am aware it is very competitive, I also worry that at 35 I might be considered too old! I have excellent GCSE and A levels (mainly grade A) which includes maths A level, and a undergraduate and masters degree in Law. I have recently been made redundant and hope to use this as a push to finally change career. My current plan is to try and spend the rest of this year getting as much voluntary / observational classroom time as possible in a number of schools which I will approach directly. Is there any particular way I should approach them, or just call and try and make an appointment with the Head? I am hoping that cumulatively I can get 6 weeks experience. I am just worried that this won't be enough compared to people who have been able to work as TAs and get a lot more time than this. Obviously I am looking at voluntary work and I can't really afford to spend more than 6 weeks of unpaid time in schools. I then hope to apply for a GTP for September 2013 start but my local training providers state that you have to have a school willing to sponsor you. Any advice on how best to approach finding one? It will be a huge financial struggle to spend this time retraining, and the GTP is my only option with a mortgage and young family to support. I am just looking for any advice on what I can do to help strengthen my application, which I assume has to be done by the end of this year looking at the closing dates. I am really passionate about this! Many thanks in advance for your advice.