Hello everyone Looking for some advice about choosing between a straight PGCE at a university and a PGCE through a SCITT... I have been offered a place on the only local university to us which offers a PGCE, and also a place at an even more local school to do a SCITT which also leads to a PGCE accredited by a different local university. The uni PGCE is with a provider that has a good local reputation for training teachers. They would send me on two placements of 14 weeks each to contrasting schools. They could be up to 90 minutes away, but I think that’s worst case. They can’t tell me where I’m going to be placed. Resources are amazing, I really liked the campus and I got on really well with the lead lecturer for my subject. The school SCITT was at a girls grammar school which is my educational background. The school was very nice, the student panel I met were also lovely and I liked the department I’d be in, and the texts they currently study for English. However with them, you get into teaching a little bit straightaway, the second placement (at a contrasting school) is only 6 weeks long and you don’t have the theoretical side to start the PGCE off as you are at school from the beginning (with one day at week for the uni side). The assessments are the same length overall, but the SCITT has 4 smaller assessments and the uni PGCE does two larger ones (but both the same word limit in total). My background is that I’m career changing and I have two young children, so it’s important to me to make this work with having a family. My degree is not in the subject I want to teach but I have got subject knowledge – the SCITT have made it a condition that I do the SKE, the uni haven’t, although I’m checking with the latter if I can still do it as a refresher. My main concern about getting into teaching has always been the behaviour management side and about what to do with students that just don’t want to learn or who are disruptive, as I didn't have much experience of this when I was at school and I wasn't like that myself. I’m stumped as to which of these routes to choose. They both have good points but are not directly comparable. I either choose a school I really liked which is local and (possibly don’t get enough experience in behaviour management?), or choose a uni based course which is more theoretical (and as they said, more about best practice and less about the practice at the school I happen to be at), but might involve placements which are further away and more challenging behaviour wise than a girls grammar. I know the PGCE year is tough, I just don’t want to make it tougher by making the wrong decision, but I don't want to jeopardise my future career either! I don't have a burning desire to work in problem schools, I just want to be able to share my love of my subject and help my students to get a qualification they need to progress in life. This may change with more experience in schools of course! Any help gratefully received!