Just want to see if anyone else out there is getting that sinking feeling when applying for 2012 places? Applied for 2 GTP places and was refused on 1 with no real explanation. The second one, I received an email in November saying that they had received a lot of applications and they may or may not even look at my application! I felt this was very unfair - especially considering on their open day in October I was told that they probably wouldn't "shut their books" until March and they'd only had 5 applications up until then! I was really hoping to get a Secondary English GTP place as I have a Mortgage to pay, but this no longer appears to be an option - especially following the TDA's email today saying how busy GTP applications were and to look at alternative options... I've therefore submitted 2 Secondary English PGCE applications and have received my Track ID today, so fingers crossed! In a nutshell, I've got a 2:2 degree, am currently employed in a large Law Firm and have 4 weeks experience as a Cover Supervisor in several Secondary Schools, so I don't quite know what's so wrong with my applications? My personal statement covered all the usual bases such as my passion and enthusiasm for teaching, the general skills I could bring in ICT, Admin, team work etc as well as my experiences as an RAF cadet and active Marie Curie Volunteer duties, so I'm well rounded and busy person! I'm 28, in a long term relationship, fully CRB checked for the last 6 years and with a clean driving licence so as far as I can see, I'm ticking all the "personality" boxes. I'm in that awful position where someone just has to look at my potential and give me the chance to prove myself! I was struggling with references a little as my current, corporate, employer would only offer a 2 line confirmation of my dates and position and my Cover Supervisor work was done via an agency and non of my 30 or so lessons was really observed. Luckily, I managed to ask a friend of mine who's a Secondary Head of Department and she's stepped up to help. I have a couple of other people who could assist (eg my manager at my part time Bar job that I've held for 9+ years or the class teacher at the Primary School I attend on Right to Read) I'm going to try and take some holiday days off work to get back into the classroom and I'm regularly on here and have a TES subscription. I'm also doing a BTEC Level 2 Teaching Assistant course (luckily I have a 2 hour a day commute to fill!) I'm really at the end of my tether and sick of getting "no's" without any real reasoning behind it. It's dragging me down as I've been trying to get out of Law for about a year and every day is beginning to grate me more and more ( I'm ready and raring to go and start my new life, but nothing seems to be working!! Any suggestions on where I may be going wrong and any pointers for trying to put it right?!