Hi all. Having achieved a PGCE in post-compulsory education over 10 years ago, I now find myself considering if I should retrain as a Primary Teacher and gain QTS. I only taught in FE for about a year doing Study Suppport,small group and one to one teaching, as well as some short stints teaching ESOL. As my subject is KS3-5 English, and I wanted to see if I could manage whole class teaching, I was able to get lots of supply work in secondary schools but ultimately, this convinced me that this age group really isn't for me. I sensed I might have been better off teaching primary aged kids, ideally at KS2, and as a way of getting experience have done about a years' worth of TA work in various schools. I keep contemplating applying fo Teach Direct, for the Primary programme, but I am hesitant because one of the worst aspects of being a teacher for me was that the planning ate into my life far too much. I am in my early 40s and as well as not being as consumed by career as I was when younger, I feel I want more life/work balance, and worry that re-training and becoming a primary school teacher will be perhaps even more pressured than that of other sectors because of the broader curriculum. IWould appreciate advice from older primary teachers as well as those who moved from either the FE or secondary sectors. Another factor is that I would like to move to Europe in a few years, and feel I am more likely to find work in International schools as a primary teacher than an FE teacher. Thank you.