Hi, I'm brand new to this and just starting out on my fact finding mission but am finding it very complicated so would appreciate any help you can offer. I am a police officer due to retire in the next couple of years - and want to move into primary school teaching. I have 5 young children myself so can't afford to just leave work and then start training, I need to do what I can whilst I'm still in full time employment. However, I can;t get the time off to do school placements. Is it possible to do a year of distance learning for theory etc. and then do a final year with all the placements where I could get a part time job to see me through, or are the placements throughout the period of the course ? I have al the qualifications I need - a degree in psychology and O's and A's in sciences and maths. Thanks for your help if you can.